Maths

Mathematics Intent

As Mathematicians at Town Lane Infant School, children will develop fluency, knowledge and understanding to use mathematics as a tool for everyday life. Practical experiences and a growth mindset will ensure a solid understanding is gained which will foster a life-long love of mathematics. A positive mindset for mathematics, throughout the school community, and strong subject knowledge demonstrated by all staff are key to children's success in mathematics. Using the expected outcomes from the National Curriculum and the Foundation Stage Curriculum Framework it is our intent to develop:

•      A positive attitude towards mathematics

•      Fluency and a secure knowledge of number facts and a secure understanding of the four operations and how they are inter-related.

•      An ability to solve problems, to reason, to think logically and to work systematically and accurately

•      An ability to communicate mathematics using accurate mathematical vocabulary

 

We believe that all children should have equality of opportunity and should be able to access the curriculum regardless of race, religion, gender or ability.

 
 
 
 

2021 - 2022 EYFS Maths


Following the introduction of the new EYFS Framework, the Maths Lead and EYFS Lead, have decided to use two main documents to support the teaching of maths within EYFS: White Rose scheme of work and Maths Progression Skills/knowledge for Early Years 2021 document (J.Bailey)


For this academic year, F2 staff will be using the White Rose scheme of work as the basis for their planning to ensure thorough curriculum coverage with a progression of skills to reflect the school's mastery approach of maths teaching. The use of the White Rose scheme will also enable the children to be exposed to models and images which are continued throughout key stage one.


The second document, enables all staff working within EYFS to identify next steps for learnings in all areas of maths regardless of the age group they are working with. It also provides clear progression of skills required for a child to become a competent EYFS mathematician and will support staff in ensuring that fundamental small steps within a child’s learning are secured before moving on. 


During discussion around the new documentation, alongside our own beliefs about the fundamental skills needed to develop maths with EYFS, it has been decided that numerals will not be formally introduced within Little Acorns (2-3 Year old provision) nor Oak or Willow classes (F1) until the Spring term. We strongly believe that children need to develop a conceptual understanding of numbers and develop an understanding of cardinality before an emphasis is placed on the labeling of quantities with numerals.


Termly meeting will take place, between the maths lead and the EYFS lead, to discuss the progress of the children and to reflect upon the planning and learning opportunities provided. The outcomes of these discussion, alongside planned monitoring opportunities, will impact of the next term's planning.