Maths Co-ordinator – Mr Cronin
Link Governor – Mrs A. Hire
Early Years Foundation Stage
In the Early Years Foundation Stage children access the area of learning; Mathematics through child choice and adult directed activities throughout the week.
In our Nursery setting, key mathematical skills are taught through small group, adult led activities as well as the children having access to resources and materials which reinforce those skills and allow child led exploration. Mathematical knowledge and concepts are taught indoors and in the outdoor learning environment, usually through a topic or theme, such as ‘Traditional Tales’.
In the Reception classes, once the children have settled into the setting there will be a taught Mathematics session 3 out of the 5 days. Throughout the week, all of the children will work with the teacher completing an adult directed activity, linked to the mathematical learning objective that week. In addition, there will be Mathematic based child choice activities for the children to access independently indoors and outdoors.
Children are assessed against the mathematical objectives set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and this is recorded with photographs, text or videos in an electronic ‘Learning Book’. The children in Reception also have some of their work recorded in a maths book.
At Ravensmead Primary School the children are taught maths for 1 hour 15mins Monday – Thursday with short mental maths and arithmetic sessions included throughout the day elsewhere. Wherever possible, the children are taught the objectives for the year group that they are in with teachers differentiating work to support the needs of the children and with a focus on deepening the children’s understanding in maths, rather than pushing them onto the objectives for the next year group.
The use of practical activities and links to real life is essential to the development of mathematical understanding and so we strive to make maths lessons as interactive and meaningful as possible at all times with teachers following the ‘Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract’ format within their teaching.
Assessment of maths takes place formally at the end of each term with the children completing standardised tests through the use of the NFER assessments. Children in Year 2 and Year 6 children also take part in the national tests (SATS) at the end of the academic year. Alongside formal testing, teachers are continuously assessing what their children are doing in order to extend and consolidate learning, adapting and changing lessons and planning to support children’s development. At the end of the year teachers use their continuous assessment to support their judgements on how the children have achieved against their end of year expectations.
Our current, up to date Maths Policy has been written in line with the new curriculum.