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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:

  • Mathematics will be taught every day (at least 4 hours per week)
  • direct teaching and interactive oral work with the whole class and groups
  • an emphasis on mental calculation and rapid recall to develop fluency
  • appropriate differentiation, with all pupils engaged in Mathematics relating to a common theme
Year 1

Children in Year One are working hard to learn the pairs of numbers that total 10.

Our Year One children have been number bond detectives in our outdoor area too.

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!

We had lots of fun comparing the capacities of different containers.We then had to think really carefully how to order the capacities of the containers by using our pouring skills. After that,  we estimated how many cupfuls of water we thought would fill a container and then worked out the answer. We were really surprised about some of our findings!
We have had lots of fun measuring and comparing the weight of different objects around our classrooms. We had to work out how to order the weight of the objects. Then our teachers set us a challenge to find as many things as we could that weighed 15 cubes. It was so much fun!
Year 2

Our Year 2 children have learnt to partition 2-digit numbers using dienes, coins and straws. They are now learning to add and subtract 2-digit numbers and solve problems. They are maths superstars!

Our Year 2 children have had lots of fun learning about position and direction. The had great fun following and giving instructions during our PE sessions and programming their friends to complete exciting journeys. Then they used the beebots and computer programs to write and follow algorithms, and solve tricky problems. Our children could confidently use the terms left, right, half turn, quarter turn, three-quarter turn, rotation, clockwise and anti-clockwise. They are superstars!
Our children had lots of fun being right angle detectives. They were amazed to find them all around the classroom and in the playground. 

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!   

Our children have had lots of fun making arrays using objects and painting pictures. Then they used them to solve problems.
Ou children worked hard in groups to find out number fact families. They used lots of different  manipulatives to demonstrate their findings. They really are amazing maths superstars!
Our children have been learning about fractions. They could recognise, find, name and write fractions of shapes, lengths and amounts. They were then able to use their knowledge to solve problems. Super learning Year 2!

Active Maths

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.



NSPCC Number Day

All our children in KS1 had lots of fun taking part in lots of exciting maths activities whilst learning about the NSPCC. Our children brought in a few coins from home to donate to this important charity. They enjoyed grouping the coins into amounts and then totalling the whole amount.


Just look at how much fun we had...

In Year One, our children played an exiting 'number chase' game, whilst working with a partner. Lots of numbered card were scattered around outside. Each card number had a calculation on. All the partners started at a different card number.  Then they had to work together to find out the answer to a calculation. The answer was then the number of the next card they had to find ... it was so much fun!

Our children also went on a 'number hunt,' They found numbers outside and made them using using natural objects. 

In Year One, our children also enjoyed playing bingo and made their own games after completing a one hundred square. 

In Year 2, our children had lots of fun counting coins. They had a number quiz and used their skills at drawing number lines and drawing dienes. They also played lots of exciting games using spinners and place value cards.