At King’s Ford Infant School and Nursery, we believe that all children have the fundamental right to a broad and balanced curriculum that provides a range of opportunities for pupils to learn, and that Mathematics is both a key skill within school, and a life skill. Mathematics equips pupils with a uniquely powerful set of tools to understand the world. These tools include logical reasoning, problem solving skills and the ability to think in abstract ways. We are committed to providing opportunities for all pupils to achieve mastery in the key concepts of Mathematics appropriate for their age group, and in order that they make genuine progress and avoid gaps in their understanding that provide barriers to learning as they move through education. Mathematics is integral to all aspects of life and with this in mind we endeavour to ensure that children develop a positive and enthusiastic attitude towards Mathematics that will stay with them forever.
Maths Curriculum Planning
Mathematics is a core subject in the National Curriculum and we use the objectives from this to support planning and to assess children’s progress.
As a school we refer to The White Rose planning resources to ensure that activities are pitched at an appropriate level and for good coverage of the different areas of maths. Medium term and weekly plans show a more detailed breakdown of specific activities as well as how tasks will be differentiated. The weekly plans list the specific learning objectives and steps to success and give details of how the learning is to be taught and differentiated. The class teacher keeps these individual plans, which they annotate to provide information for observations and pupil assessments.
To provide adequate time for developing mathematics, maths is taught daily and will also take place in other areas of the curriculum as part of our cross-curricular approach. This could include comparing the temperature in Colchester with that of another country in geography, measuring the growth/height of plants in science or researching the length of reigns of different kings and queens in history.
The school follows the ‘Concrete – Pictorial – Abstract’ approach to ensure that all pupils have a sound understanding of the core foundations of mathematics.
Our teachers strive to:
Our pupils should:
Our Calculation Aims
We aim to ensure that by the end of Key Stage 1 children have:
children can apply with confidence when undertaking calculations that they cannot carry