At Paulton Infant School we believe that all children have the right to learn, use and master key mathematical concepts that form the foundation of a high quality education. We believe that every child can succeed in maths, and one of the most important building blocks for success is a positive mindset. By providing rich mathematical learning environments and opportunities children will be able to explore mathematics, make links in their learning and value the purpose for it. We are developing our approach of maths mastery by engaging with other local schools as well as our nearest Maths Hub – The Bristol based Boolean Maths Hub.Through the use of a broad range of manipulatives, representations and technologies our mathematics curriculum will challenge and develop fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills.
For further information on Maths in the Early Years and National Curriculum, follow these links:
What can parents do to help?
It is essential to help your child feel positive about maths at home, too. For example, you can talk to your child about the maths they are working on in school and encourage them to show you the methods they’ve learned. There are lots of opportunities to help build this positive mindset, because we use mathematical many times in our daily lives, often without realising that it’s maths! You could talk about the amount of money you have when you go shopping, how much the items cost and how much you have left after you’ve paid the bill. When baking, encourage your child to read the recipe and measure out the ingredients accurately, and when you’re travelling, discuss location and direction.
For more ideas and guidance, talk to your child’s teacher: they will be very happy to help!
The following school documents give more specific details about how we teach maths in our school and useful ideas for home.
Overview of each year group:
Expectations for EYFS
Year 1 End of Year Expectations
Year 2 End of Year Expectations
Calculation Policy click here
Ideas to use at home:
There is also lots of information about Maths for parents on the National Numeracy website. Click on http://www.nationalnumeracy.org.uk/ to find out more.
More fun games to use at home:
Useful information about maths at home…
The children have told us that they love these videos to help them to learn their times tables!