03At Woodlands Infant and Nursery School we aim to make Maths meaningful, exciting and engaging. We place great emphasis upon developing the key skills in mathematics so that your child can apply a solid understanding of number, data handling, shape, space and measures, in order to solve problems in a wide range of real-life situations.

There is a daily mathematics lesson for all children from Reception onwards. Lessons include whole class, group and individual work. Mental maths and problem solving are an important part of every lesson. Learning through a clear progression of mental and written methods, children develop understanding and the skills to carry out calculations independently. The expectation is that the majority of children will move through the topics at broadly the same pace. However, decisions about when to progress will be based on the security of children’s understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Children who grasp concepts rapidly will be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material will consolidate their understanding, including additional practice, before moving on.

When investigating mathematically, we encourage our children to reason, generalise and make sense of solutions. We aim to foster fluency in performing written and mental calculations and mathematical techniques. Lots of work is carried out on using and understanding the mathematical language and symbols accurately in their work and children are encouraged to use this when discussing their work with others.

We aim to ensure that all children have developed a thorough understanding of the skills taught in order for them to become confident and competent in their Mathematics ability.

Manipulatives

A manipulative is a physical object that children or teachers can touch and move which is used to support the teaching and learning of mathematics. In our lessons Numicon, counters, cubes and Dienes blocks are used regularly to support children to engage with mathematical ideas.