Mathematics is a core subject in the National Curriculum. The fundamental skills, knowledge and concepts of the subject are set out in the National Curriculum programmes of study. They are organised into distinct domains although pupils should make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems (place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, fractions, measurement, geometry – shape, position and direction and Statistics). Our children apply their mathematical skills and knowledge to other subjects across the curriculum.
The principle focus of our mathematics teaching in Key stage 1 is to ensure that children develop confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value. This involves working with numerals, words and the four operations - manipulatives are essential eg concrete objects and measuring tools. At this stage our children also develop their ability to recognise, describe, draw, compare and sort different shapes and use related vocabulary. Our teaching involves using a range of measures to describe and compare different quantities such as length, mass, capacity/volume, time and money. Our children also read and spell mathematical vocabulary at a level consistent with their increasing word reading and spelling knowledge.
Teaching mathematics in Key Stage 1 is based on the following key principles:
In Year One, we have lots of fun solving problems and measuring. Our teacher thought the oldest child would have the longest feet and the youngest child would have the shortest feet. We discussed how we could find out if she was right. Then we had lots of fun proving her wrong!
Then our teacher thought the oldest child would be the tallest and the youngest would be the shortest. Guess what? We proved her wrong again!
Our children had a very energetic time, racing around the playground to find
2-digit numbers. They then used chalk to draw a number line to find out which number it rounded up or down to. They had bso much fun. Some of our children extended their challenge to 3-digit numbers. Well done Year 2!
All our children from Key Stage One have been having fun expanding and testing their Maths skills by participating in 'Active Maths.' Active Maths involves the children using PE and physical activity to help improve their attainment in Maths. Maths is taught in a fun and engaging way whilst increasing physical activity.