At St Bridget’s Catholic Primary school maths is taught daily for 1 hour sessions in both KS1 and KS2. As a school we are teaching core mathematical skills and then showing the children how these skills apply to real life situations. From Early Years up to Year 6 all of the children help to set themselves termly targets related to number. As a school we place a huge emphasis on securing basic skills of number bonds and times-tables up to x12. Weekly “Learn Its” are sent home to secure these much needed skills. This enables the children to practise key skills that they have learnt in school at home. Parents play a huge part in the learning and development of our children’s maths skills. We regularly invite parents to attend maths workshops in school to see how we teach maths and to further support their children in their learning.
In EYFS the curriculum is based upon two areas; number and shape, space and measure. Children are assessed on age related criteria through observations and guided sessions. In Reception there are areas allocated to maths. These areas are set up to enhance the children’s independent learning through play. Number is continually integrated into everyday learning; through adults modelling counting games on the yard; counting how many children are in; and how many children there are for snack etc.
Key Stage 1
EYFS practice is continued into Y1 as appropriate. Children still have access to play based learning but formal learning is slowly introduced. Mathematics teaching is influenced by the 2014 National Curriculum Primary Maths Framework. There are lots of opportunities for practical activity and discussion to ensure that the children have a thorough understanding of all aspects of mathematics. Experiences include oral / mental maths, games, puzzles, problem solving, investigation, formal maths and handling practical materials. We encourage all children to solve everyday problems using the mathematical skills they have learnt. Computing plays an important role in the children’s mathematical development. At the end of Key Stage 1 the children are formally assessed as part of Government requirements.
Key Stage 2
As in Key Stage 1 the teaching of mathematics is influenced by the 2014 National Curriculum Primary Maths Framework with a heavy influence on number. The children are continuously assessed; this enables both the children and teacher to set appropriate targets to work towards. Throughout Key Stage 2 children begin to use the number system confidently, developing a good understanding of place value. They move from counting reliably to calculating fluently using all four number operations. 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. Models and images are still used to support the children’s learning where necessary and to support problem solving activities. At the end of KS2, in Year 6, children sit formal SATs tests in Maths to assess their skills in arithmetic and reasoning.