Children in Key Stage One and Two work towards meeting or exceeding the National Curriculum end of year expectations in each of the areas of maths; Number, Measurement and Geometry with Statistics also featuring at Key Stage Two. Planning is based around the Abacus maths scheme and online Hamilton plans which allows for these areas to be visited and revisited throughout the year. Assessments are made against the objectives taught and end of year expectations to support further planning and to report children’s progress and attainment. Teacher assessments are also supported by more formal tests (Headstart Assessments) to provide evidence on pupil’s progress and attainment. The information gathered is analysed and provides valuable information to support future planning.
We put an emphasis on the Number strands and have a school Calculations Policy to support the progression of skills in this area. Children take part in weekly Superhero Maths to support their quick recall and manipulation of number facts. A breakdown of termly expectations for each year group, to support the teaching and learning of Key Instant Recall Facts (known as KIRFs) is used by teaching staff.
We believe in the importance of the use of Models and Images when teaching and learning maths. Our classrooms have a range of apparatus and learning displays to support this and we provide appropriate practical activities that are vital in enabling our children to develop mathematical skills and concepts. During maths sessions children will experience whole class, small group and individual teaching and learning. Children will be expected to work collaboratively as well as independently.
The teaching and learning of problem solving and investigative skills is embedded within the curriculum and supported by our regular Puzzle Fridays where a selection of challenging age appropriate problems and puzzles are provided for the children to play.