The three core strands to our mathematics curriculum are:
- Fluency - Pupils will become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics. They will develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
- Reasoning - Pupils will learn to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
- Problem solving - Pupils will learn to seek solutions not just memorise procedures, explore patterns not just memorise formulas, and formulate conjectures, not just do exercises.
When introducing new learning we use the following three stages:
- Concrete - the children use resources and real objects to represent their thinking
- Pictorial - the children use pictures and images to represent their thinking
- Abstract - the children use mathematical symbols to show their thinking
To help the children progress to using formal, quick methods for maths calculations, we have produced sheets to show the steps children will make as they become confident mathematicians. Please click on the written calculation progression tab.
Learning your times tables is a vital component of our mathematics curriculum. To help your child learn their tables, start by reciting them in order, and then randomly. Children learn in different ways, so it can be helpful to provide them with lots of ways to learn their tables:
- Have a large poster of the table being learnt in the kitchen.
- Have a CD of times table songs which your child can sing along to at bedtime or in the car.
- Some children benefit from writing out the table, or using a computer game.
Here are some useful links:
For children in Year 1 and 2, start with the following tables: 2x, 5x & 10x Once they have mastered these they can move on to: 3x & 4x
Older children need to ensure they keep these times tables fresh in their memory and move on to learning: 6x, 7x, 8x, 9x, (and 11x & 12x when ready)
Occasionally we will test the children at school, but they will be using their tables knowledge all the time in their maths lessons.
How to help your child with Maths in Key Stage 1
Below is a document that we hope you will find helpful as you support your child with Maths while they are in Year 1 and 2.