We follow the statutory programme of study for mathematics at Key Stages 1 and 2, which can be divided into 7 strands:

Use and apply mathematics

Count, compare and order numbers and describe
relationships between them

Secure knowledge of number facts which can be recalled quickly
and used and applied appropriately

Calculate efficiently and accurately

Position and transform shapes, recognise and use their properties to visualise and construct

Measure accurately using appropriate units,
interpret and compare scales

Process, present and interpret data to pose and answer questions

The learning objectives for each year have been designed to identify progression within each strand.

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During Key Stage 1, pupils develop their knowledge and understanding of mathematics through practical activity, exploration and discussion. They learn to count, read, write and order numbers to 100 and beyond. They develop a range of mental calculation skills and use these confidently in different settings. They learn about shape and space through practical activity which builds on their understanding of their immediate environment. They begin to grasp mathematical language, using it to talk about their methods and explain their reasoning when solving problems.

During Key Stage 2, pupils use the number system more confidently. They move from counting reliably to calculating fluently with all four number operations. They always try to tackle a problem with mental methods before using any other approach. Pupils explore features of shape and space and develop their measuring skills in a range of contexts. They discuss and present their methods and reasoning using a wider range of mathematical language, diagrams and charts.

In addition to the mental maths activities incorporated into each numeracy lesson, pupils in KS2 use the Schofield & Sims Mental Maths Scheme, designed to develop children’s confidence in their mathematical knowledge and mental agility.

School also uses a wide variety of ICT programs to support
and enhance learning in mathematics.