Strand on the Green Infant and Nursery SchoolCherish and Inspire Every Child

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We believe that mathematics is a key life skill to equip children with the skills and knowledge they will need in everyday life.

Early Years teachers work from the EYFS Statutory Framework and Development Matters document. Year 1 and 2 teachers work from the 2014 National Curriculum for England. All children have a daily maths lesson as well as opportunities to use their skills in the context of other subjects across the curriculum.  


In the Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception) Children develop mathematical skills through a balance of child-initiated and adult directed work. Reception children enjoy a maths lesson every day. They develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and describe shapes, spaces, and measures. Children use their knowledge and skills in these areas to solve problems, generate new questions and make connections across other Areas of Learning.


The principal focus of mathematics teaching in key stage 1 is to ensure that pupils develop confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value.  This involves working with numerals, words and practical resources to complete the four operations: adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing.  We additionally support children to recognise, describe, draw, compare and sort different shapes and use the related vocabulary. Children also use a range of measures to describe and compare different quantities such as length, mass, capacity/volume, time and money. By the end of year 2, children should know the number bonds to 20 and be precise in using and understanding place value. We place a great emphasis on practice at this early stage to aid fluency.

We aim for children to: 

·         become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately 

·         reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language 

·         solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.


The school aims for all children to achieve to their full potential in mathematics and teachers assess children’s learning regularly.   Children who grasp concepts rapidly are challenged with rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with basic skills are given opportunities to consolidate their understanding before moving on.

Maths Knowledge and Skills Ladder

Maths Curriculum Overview