Maths in Key Stage One
At St Faith’s Church of England Infant and Nursery School, the Year One and Year Two Maths Curriculum is supported by the use of the scheme, Maths No Problem.
The Primary Series is recommended by the DfE for schools on the Teaching for Mastery Programme and is fully aligned with the 2014 English national curriculum. MNP textbooks and workbooks are designed using decades of research to ensure a deep, secure understanding of maths in learners of every attainment level.
Maths No Problem
Key Stage One Maths takes place every morning, Monday to Thursday. The Maths lessons are planned using Maths No Problem, with additional tasks planned for carefully to develop and further extend our Greater Depth learners.
All teachers are trained in the pedagogy of maths and plan to ensure that all children learn and make progress within the lesson. All children are given the opportunity to learn using a range of resources to support their learning and only move away from using the resources when they feel comfortable to do so.
The structure of the lessons allows teachers to initially assess what the children know and then support the new learning through ‘guided practice’ activities. Children then are given opportunities to consolidate their learning independently, working in their Maths No Problem exercise books. For those learners who have a good, independent understanding of the objectives they have the opportunity to move on to ‘GOLD CHALLENGES’ these are greater depth tasks which allow children to demonstrate their knowledge of the mathematical skills in a range of activities.
When teachers identify further learning is required on specific objectives, teachers move away from the Maths No Problem books to work within their Orange Jotters. All children have Orange jotters, these books work alongside their Maths No Problem books and all extra Maths learning is recorded in these. This may be pre learning, full lessons or extensions and ‘gold challenges’
All children take great pride in their Maths books, demonstrating a good understanding of the maths that they are taught.
Maths in the Early Years
At St Faiths Church of England Infant and Nursery School, the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum is supported by the use of the scheme, White Rose Maths.
"White Rose Maths intends to build a whole new culture of deep understanding, confidence and competence in maths – a culture that produces strong, secure learning and real progress. No matter what their starting points, it aims for happy and resilient mathematicians who relish the challenge of maths. They become independent, reflective thinkers, whose skills not only liberate them in maths but also support them across the curriculum."
All teachers are trained in the pedagogy of maths and plan to ensure that all children learn and make progress within the lesson. All session include a multi-sensory approach to learning, often involving singing and counting alongside a vast range of practical and play based activities.
In Nursery maths takes place in a range of ways. Depending on the skill being taught the children access a range of maths activities during some key group sessions, during adult led activities and also in their own free choice play. This allows children to learn knowledge and skills and then practise and apply them in a way that suits their individual learning needs and preferences.
In Reception, maths takes place every afternoon. The Maths sessions are planned using White Rose Maths, with additional tasks planned for carefully to develop and further extend our higher ability (exceeding) learners. The planning is adapted and adjusted to suit the needs of groups and individuals in each class, to ensure that all children make progress and all areas of the Development Matters Curriculum are taught in depth.
When teachers identify further learning is required on specific objectives, teachers plan additional activities to suit the needs of the individual children. This ensures any misconceptions are addressed immediately and children receive additional time and support to practise key skills and understand key concepts outside of the usual maths session.