Mathematics & Numeracy

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The only way to learn mathematics is to do mathematics - Paul Halmos

 Key Stage 1

In Year 1 and 2 we follow the National Curriculum for England and Wales. We recognise that mathematical skills support success in other subject areas and we use every relevant subject to develop each child’s mathematical fluency and confidence in numeracy. Children are taught mathematical reasoning with a focus on explanation so that they understand and appreciate the importance of mathematics. Children at Berkeley Primary school flourish in maths and have a firm foundation in this subject by the time they leave Key Stage 1. 

Teaching in Year 1 focuses on developing children’s confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers, number bonds to 10, counting and place value for numbers up to at least 100. This involves working with numerals, words and the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) these areas are taught by using practical concrete objects and measuring tools before moving children onto pictorial and more abstract methods.

Children learn to recognise, describe, draw, compare and sort different shapes and use the related vocabulary. Children are taught to read a range of measures to describe and compare different quantities such as length, mass, capacity/volume, time and money.

By the end of year 2, children become secure with number bonds to 20 and learn place value for numbers up to 1000. We revisit all mathematical learning taught in Year 1 and extend each child’s knowledge further so children become confident before moving up into Year 3.

Teaching is consistently outstanding in mathematicsOfsted June 2014

Key Stage 2

The children in Years 5 and 6 thrive on the challenges that maths bring to the classroom. They love learning new methods to solve tricky word problems, especially those that involve multiple steps. Children are taught lots of new concepts as they reach their final years in the school, these include: algebra, equations, correlation graphs and angles, to name but a few and the children really enjoy using and applying the maths knowledge that they already have to help them understand new ideas.

We also use a wide range of practical resources to support with learning and to make sure that all children can access the maths curriculum.  A passion of the current Years 5 and 6 is learning about shapes; their names, properties and how they can be translated, reflected and translated to make patterns.

The children are given the opportunity to use ICT to showcase their data handling skills and are taught to create graphs and charts. The children are also taught how to use maths to help them in everyday situations through learning about: money, measures and percentages in preparation for their future lives.


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