Mathematics is taught daily, according to the National Curriculum guidelines. Emphasis is placed on the teaching of mental maths skills and the development of a range of strategies for solving problems, based on a solid foundation and understanding of number. Teaching incorporates meaningful, practical activities, with the children taught to apply mathematical skills to ‘real-life’ situations and develop their knowledge and understanding of mathematics through practical activity, exploration and discussion. The children are encouraged to work systematically, as independent workers and co-operatively. Cross-curricular work further reinforces skills and deepens understanding.



Planned experiences enable the children to form a firm basis of mathematical concepts and knowledge, with the children encouraged to apply their learning to all aspects of their work. Children become confident in their use of numbers in a variety of situations, apply their knowledge of strategies to solve problems and record their work accurately. The children 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.