At Lee Brigg Infant and Nursery School we believe that the teaching of mathematics should equip children with the strategies, knowledge and mathematical language to help them to understand and make sense of the world around them. Our aim is that all of our children become independent learners, who can apply logical reasoning, problem solving skills and the ability to think in abstract ways.
Mathematics is a whole network of concepts and relationships, which children can use to analyse and communicate information and ideas and to tackle a range of practical tasks and real life problems. Mathematics teaching and learning at Lee Brigg is not confined to 'Maths lessons', instead where possible links are established across a range of subject areas to support the understanding that Maths is real!
Mathematics is integral in everyday life and with this in mind we endeavour to ensure that our children develop a healthy and enthusiastic attitude towards mathematics that will stay with them and make them confident lifelong learners in maths.
Our approach to the curriculum in mathematics is based upon a language rich, active learning experience. We believe that children learn best if they are exposed to new concepts with hands on practise and immersion in new technical vocabulary. Our children are taught mathematical knowledge through the support of concrete resources and pictorial representations, before moving on to a more abstract approach. We ensure that they have a firm grasp of the four key calculations, (addition, subtraction, division and multiplication), so that by year 2 children are confident with abstract learning and problem solving.
Children use practical equipment e.g. numicon, counting bears and counters to gain a solid understanding of mathematical concepts, making links with new learning and developing analytical thinking for problem solving. In Foundation Stage and Year 1 every new concept in mathematics is taught practically and in real contexts first, to support understanding and deepen learning.
When children are ready they replace concrete apparatus with a pictorial representation - essentially a drawing or picture which still provides them with a support to access their learning.
Once children really understand the concept, they can then move into the abstract - using numbers and symbols and formal written methods.
At the point in which children are secure with their fluency in areas of the mathematics curriculum - their thinking is challenged and extended through open ended, high order questioning and problem solving activities. Through these, children develop the skills of perseverance and resilience to reach the solution, experiencing success - an essential life skill which we value at Lee Brigg Infant and Nursery School.
Times Tables Challenge
Children must have a rapid recall of number facts as they progress through Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 in order for their success to continue at Key Stage 2. This includes recalling number bonds as well as times table facts.
Nursery - To begin early counting skills. Counting saying number names in order and understanding that the number represents the total in a group. Sorting objects into groups and comparing quantities.
Reception - To count in groups of 1's, 2's and 10's (5's )
Year 1 - To count in groups of 2's, 5's and 10's, to count in multiples of and begin to say the times tables related to these.
Year 2 - To say the times table facts related to 2's, 3's, 5's. 10's and recall these facts out of sequential order.
We challenge children to learn their times tables in a competitive way through our times tables Olympic challenge. Children can win bronze, silver and gold awards for their multiplication knowledge and recall.
If you would like any further information on our mathematics curriculum or the teaching of mathematics at Lee Brigg Infant and Nursery School, please contact Miss Newsham.
Please click below for Year Group Expectations in Mathematics.
Year 1 Expectations
Year 2 Expectations