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:
Our curriculum is based upon the White Rose Maths resources which align with the national curriculum - we utilise these flexibly to match the needs of our children and school organisation:
Below are documents from the White Rose scheme which detail the small steps of learning for each block.
We utilise the order of the blocks flexibly but follow the order of the small steps as laid out.
Year 1 Spring Small Steps
Calculation Policy click here
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 maths 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:
EYFS please look at our EYFS page linked here
Year 1 End of Year Expectations leaflet for all key areas
Year 2 End of Year Expectations leaflet for all key areas
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!