In the Early Years Foundation Stage, Mathematics is embedded in the indoor and outdoor environments as well as in children's daily routines. Throughout the Early Years we place an emphasis on counting through adult led and 'play' based learning so that from an early age children develop confidence and enjoyment in number. No-one including our parents are allowed to say "I was no good at maths!"
Number and calculation continue to be at the fore of our maths teaching across the rest of the school. Our children develop sound concepts and have systematic opportunities to apply their understanding and knowledge in solving problems and to reason mathematically. In every situation children move from the concrete to the abstract.
All children in KS1 and 2 have a daily maths lesson in which exciting opportunities for the application of number skills are built in. We use NUMICON to ensure sound conceptual development and a range of other practical resources to allow all to access the increased expectation of the September 2014 curriculum. We recently subscribed to Broadbent Maths, which provides the framework for our maths curriculum. In addition our children have access to the online MyMaths, which is used a form of homework.
Our aim to work to ensure teaching fosters mathematical understanding of new concepts and methods, enables children to recall mathematical knowledge rapidly and apply it so there is real depth in understanding and readiness for the next stage. We are developing a ‘mastery approach’ and make use of NCETM documentation and NRICH website to support teaching and learning. We are encouraging children to ‘grabble’ with maths and to work both collaboratively and independently to reason and solve problems.
We are working hard through a focused staff development programme to develop a curriculum that meets the needs of the children at Horton Grange whilst fulfilling the key aims of the National Curriculum:
• fluency in the fundamentals of maths
• reasoning mathematically to follow a line of enquiry
• solving problems by applying mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems.