Maths at Leigh Primary School
At Leigh Primary School, we aim to equip pupils with the tools to understand Maths. These tools include logical reasoning, problem solving and the ability to think in abstract ways. Mathematics is integral to all aspects of life; with this in mind, we endeavour to ensure that children develop a healthy and enthusiastic attitude towards mathematics that will stay with them for life.
General aims of Maths:
To ensure that all children:
Maths in EYFS
Throughout Nursery and Reception, teachers make regular assessments of children’s learning. This information is used to ensure future planning reflects the needs and interests of the children.
Teachers in EYFS use development age bands to assess, understand and support each individual child’s development pathway. The EYFS profile summarises and describes children’s attainment at the end of EYFS – for Maths, the early learning goals are as follows:
Number - Children count reliably with numbers from one to 20, place them in order
and say which number is one more or one less than a given number. Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer. They solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing.
Shape, space and measure - Children use everyday language to talk about size,
weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems. They recognise, create and describe patterns. They explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them.
Maths at Key Stage 1
In Years 1 and 2, the focus of Maths at Leigh Primary School is to ensure the children develop confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value. This often involves working with numerals, words and the four operations (+ - x ÷).
The children also develop their ability to recognise, describe, draw, compare and sort different shapes. The children will use a range of measures to describe and compare different quantities (such as length, mass, capacity/volume, time and money).
By the end of Year 2, children should:
Maths at Lower Key Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4)
In Years 3 and 4, the focus of Maths at Leigh Primary School is to ensure the children become increasingly fluent with whole numbers and the four operations (including number facts and place value). Pupils should also begin to develop efficient written and mental calculations with increasingly large whole numbers.
Children should begin to develop their ability to solve a range of problems, including simple fractions and decimal place value. The children should begin to develop mathematical reasoning to help them analyse shapes and their properties and confidently describe their relationships.
By the end of Year 4, children should:
Maths at Upper Key Stage 2 (Years 5 and 6)
In Years 5 and 6, the focus of Maths at Leigh Primary School is to ensure that children extend their understanding of the number system and place value to include larger integers. Pupils should be able to make connections between multiplication and division with fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio.
Children should develop their ability to solve a wider range of problems, including increasingly complex properties of numbers and arithmetic, and problems that demand the use of efficient written and mental methods of calculation. Children are introduced to algebra as a means for solving a variety of problems.
The children’s understanding and knowledge in geometry and measures consolidates and extends the knowledge they have developed in number; children should be able to classify shapes with increasingly complex geometric properties, using the vocabulary they need to describe them with accuracy and confidence.
By the end of Year 6, children should: