Mathematics within Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
In the EYFS at Millfield we believe that the most valuable mathematics learning takes place through play and children’s daily experiences. We strive to make Maths meaningful and hands on and ensure that our indoor and outdoor environment provides mathematical opportunities for children to explore, sort, compare, count, calculate and describe. We support children to become creative, critical thinkers and problem solvers and to be confident to have a go at all maths learning, this links in with the Characteristics of Effective Learning which underpin learning and development in all areas including Mathematics.
The ‘Early Years Outcomes’ divide Mathematics into two areas ‘Numbers’ and ‘Shape, Space and Measure. As part of Numbers children are taught to count and understand the value of numbers. These skills support them to solve problems, use money and calculate more or less.
In Shape, Space and Measure children are taught to understand size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money and compare quantities, objects and solve problems.
In Nursery and Reception Mathematics is also taught discretely in sequences of lessons which build on and consolidate children’s prior learning and provide new challenges. Children are introduced to practical resources including Numicon, number lines, counters, cubes and coins.
Mathematics with Key Stage 1 and 2
At Millfield we ensure that children become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics and are able to apply their skills to problem solve. Maths is taught as a stand-alone subject every day within classes and is also embedded into other areas of the curriculum such as computing and topic. Lessons are differentiated to ensure all children are able to access the curriculum and challenged.
In KS1 children build on the Mathematic skills they learned in Reception. They use many different practical resources including Numicon, bead strings, counters, cubes and coins and once secure with concepts they move onto the written recording of calculations. Topics are taught through a series of lessons that build on and consolidate the previous learning whilst moving them forwards.
Teachers are continuously assessing children to ensure they are progressing and identify those children who would benefit from intervention. By the end of KS1 children are expected to know their 2,5 and 10 times table. By the end of Year 4 children are expected to know all times tables up to 12. Children from Year 2 and up have access to Times Tables Rockstars which can be accessed at home. Using this program will help with engagement, confidence and fluency with times tables. Children in Year 4 will also take part in the Government Times Tables Check in the Summer Term.