Yearly objectives inform the planning and teaching of mathematics throughout the school. These objectives enable progression in learning towards the Early Learning Goals and the 2014 National Curriculum level descriptors appropriate to Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
Mathematics in the Foundation Stage is viewed as a practical, activity-based subject, since for most children practical work is the most effective means by which understanding of mathematics can develop. The overview for this area of learning is taken from the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile.
As the children progress through Key Stage 1, work will progress from handling objects to a stage in which symbols are used, which can be manipulated in abstract ways and applied to problem solving.
At Key Stage 2 most children will be encouraged to work increasingly independently, applying the knowledge they have learnt to solve everyday problems and to investigate mathematical rules, patterns and relationships. Mathematics games and practical learning opportunities will supplement more formal mathematics activities throughout Key Stage 2.
Considerable importance is given to the teaching of Mathematics. Mathematics can be fun and exciting and we aim to foster an enjoyment in Mathematics where we lay the foundations for children’s understanding of its order and pattern. Children learn how to apply their knowledge and skills to solve problems in everyday life. They are motivated to discover and learn about numbers and operations. They solve numerical problems, including those involving money and measures, and become familiar with the ways in which numerical information is gathered (by counting and measuring) and presented (in graphs, charts and tables). Multiplication tables are taught and regular practice at home is set as part of homework.