At St Helen’s we aim to make each and every step on the pupils’ mathematics journey creative and engaging. We focus on developing a culture of ‘deep thinkers’ as well as building confidence, resilience and a passion for mathematics by showing them that the subject is fun, exciting and accessible to all learners. By instilling these values from EYFS, pupils will become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics and to be able to reason and to solve problems, using a range of strategies to support their learning, as well as allowing them to make connections between the mathematical ideas and concepts as they move through school. Also, we place great emphasis on mathematical language and questioning so pupils can discuss the mathematics they are doing, and so support them to take ideas further.
Our curriculum is mapped by the White Rose Maths Hub scheme of work. We focus on a progression from concrete resources to pictorial representations and finally into the numerical abstract to aid our children’s conceptual understanding. As a result, we are seeing a growth in confidence in all of our learners, especially in areas of problem solving and reasoning.
In EYFS, Year 1 and Year 2, we further support this learning with the NCETM Mastering Number Programme which aims to secure firm foundations in the development of good number sense for all children. By the end of KS1, children will leave with fluency in calculation and a confidence and flexibility with number.