Early Years (Nursery and Reception)

The first few years of a child’s life are especially important for mathematics development. Research shows that early mathematical knowledge predicts later reading ability and general education and social progress (Duncan et al 2007).

Our Early Years teaching and environment is set up to ensure that all children develop firm mathematical foundations in a way that is fun and engaging and encourages problem solving and investigation.

We use the Early Years Framework and the six areas of early mathematical learning provided by the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) as a basis for our lessons and Maths provision.

Our Early Years staff are highly skilled and trained in the progression of children’s learning in Mathematics. All Early Years staff have attended specific mathematics training events either within school or through the NCETM.

There are six key areas of early mathematics learning, which collectively provide a platform for everything children will encounter as they progress through their maths learning at primary school, and beyond:

There are six key areas of early mathematics learning, which collectively provide a platform for everything children will encounter as they progress through their maths learning at primary school, and beyond:

  • Cardinality and Counting

  • Comparison

  • Composition

  • Pattern

  • Shape and Space

  • Measures

For further information on these areas please follow the link to the NCETM website.

NCETM website

We have created some videos to help you understand the main principles that children need to develop to be excellent mathematicians and so you can support your children at home. We hope you find them useful. If you have any further questions regarding Early Years mathematics please speak to Mrs Brodrick in school.

The One-to-One Principle

The Abstract Principle

The Order Irrelevance Principle

The Cardinal Principle

The Stable Order Principle

Key Stage 1 and 2

In Key Stage 1 and 2 we follow the National Primary Curriculum for Mathematics, delivered using the White Rose Maths scheme of learning. This scheme of learning breaks each curriculum objective into small steps, which are delivered sequentially. To view this scheme of learning, please follow the link the White Rose Maths website.

White Rose Maths website

Pupils’ knowledge and understanding is developed using concrete resources and pictorial representations, enabling them to acquire a deep, conceptual understanding of abstract mathematical concepts. Pupils are given the opportunity to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, and to apply their knowledge within reasoning and problem solving contexts, which help to consolidate their understanding. Pupils are also provided with opportunities to use their mathematical skills and understanding within other areas of the curriculum, such as STEM, Design Technology and Geography.

In Key Stage 1, learning is focused on the following areas of mathematics:

  • Place value

  • Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division

  • Fractions

  • Measurement

  • Geometry

  • Statistics

In Key Stage 2, learning is focused on the following areas of mathematics:

  • Place value

  • Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division

  • Fractions

  • Decimals

  • Percentages

  • Ratio

  • Algebra

  • Measurement

  • Geometry

  • Statistics

Please speak to Mrs Brodrick if you have any further questions regarding Key Stage 1 Mathematics, and to Miss Smith if you have questions regarding Key Stage 2 Mathematics.

Calculation policy and written methods

All staff refer to our calculation policies when teaching addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Use of these calculation policies ensures that our approach to teaching these areas of Mathematics is consistent across school, helping pupils to progress with these areas sequentially as they move up through school. You can view the calculation policies for each year group in order to support your children with these areas of their Maths learning.

Times table test and approach

Fluent recall of times tables is essential to future success in Mathematics (DfE). The National Curriculum states that pupils should know their times tables and related division facts up to 12 x 12 by the end of Year 4.

A new national test, called the Multiplication Tables Check (MTC) was due to be sat by Year 4 pupils in June 2020. The introduction of the MTC has now been postponed until June 2021. The purpose of the test is to determine whether pupils can recall their times tables fluently, and to help schools to identify pupils who require further support with learning their times tables.

Specific times tables and division facts are taught in each year group from Year 1 to Year 4, as shown below, in order to support pupils with achieving this expectation by the end of Year 4.

Year 1 – Count in multiples of 2, 5 and 10
Year 2
– Know 2, 5 and 10 times tables and division facts
Year 3 – Know 2, 5, 10, 3, 4 and 8 times tables and division facts
Year 4 – Know all multiplication and division facts up to 12 x 12

In Years 5 and 6, all multiplication and division facts up to 12 x 12 continue to be taught and revisited. Pupils in these year groups apply these facts frequently within other areas of Mathematics too.

At Ryecroft, the Times Tables Rock Stars website is used in order to support children in developing their times table knowledge. We strongly encourage pupils to use this website at home too, to further support them in their learning. Please speak to your child’s class teacher if you require their username and password.

Top Marks – Hit the Button
NRICH – Maths at Home
White Rose – Home Learning
Mathletics
Times Tables Rockstars