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Braintcroft Primary School

Braintcroft Primary School

Numeracy

Our Vision for Mathematics 

  • ‚ÄčEvery child a lover of mathematics
  • Every child fluent in mental strategies
  • Every child challenged
  • Every child achieving depth and breadth
  • Every child a problem-solver

Approach to Mathematics

Mathematics is a key skill which children will use all their lives.  Our aim is to deliver a high-quality Mathematics curriculum that provides all children, regardless of background, gender, ethnicity or ability, the foundations of maths skills that will enable them to succeed in both their next stage of education and their lives beyond school.

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Maths is one of the four specific areas within the EYFS.  Maths is everywhere, activities related to numbers, and shapes are set-up on a daily basis, both in the indoor classroom and the outdoor classroom. Lessons are fun and practical with elements of problem solving.  The more meaningful to children and hands on it is, the better. 

Within the Early Years Curriculum, Maths is divided into two aspects:

  • Numbers - Children count reliably with numbers from one to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number. Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer. They solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing.
  • Shapes, Space and Measure- Children use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems. They recognise, create and describe patterns. They explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them.

‘Numeracy passport’ are implemented from the EYFS. Activities linked to the passport targets take place on a weekly basis.

Key stage 1 and Key Stage 2

We place great emphasis on deepening conceptual understanding and developing depth and breadth in mathematical subjects as opposed to covering a large variety of topics merely at surface level.  To achieve this we ensure that all of our maths lessons include opportunities to practice apply and reason about the mathematical focus for each daily session. This is then followed by a challenge question or investigation which enhances deeper thinking skills.

In addition to this four-tiered approach to lessons,  we put high importance on learning and memorising key number facts such as multiplication and division tables through the implementation of our ‘Numeracy Passports’ and the foci from these are rehearsed daily at the start of every mathematics lesson to develop mental fluency in Number. Individual ‘Numeracy Passport’ targets are assessed on a weekly basis, along with a ‘Speed Times Table’ assessment.

KS1 Curriculum

In Years One and Two children follow the National Curriculum Mathematics Programmes of Study. These are set out over four domains:

  • Number – including Number and Place Value, Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication and Division and fractions.
  • Measurement-including Length, Capacity, Mass, Time, Volume, Area and Perimeter and Money
  • Geometry – Properties of Shapes and Position and Direction.
  • Statistics-Interpreting and Presenting data in simple pictograms, tables and block graphs

KS2 Curriculum

In Years Three to Six children follow the National Curriculum Mathematics Programmes of Study. These are set out over six domains:

  • Number – including Number and Place Value, Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication and Division and Fractions including Decimals (Year 4, 5 & 6) and Percentages (Year 5 & 6).
  • Measurement-including Length, Capacity, Mass, Time, Volume, Area and Perimeter and Money
  • Ratio and Proportion (Year 6 only).
  • Algebra (Year 6 only).
  • Geometry – Properties of Shapes and Position and Direction.
  • Statistics-Interpreting and Presenting data