The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
- reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
- can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non- routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
The principle focus of maths teaching at Meon Infant School is to ensure that pupils develop confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value. This involves working with numerals, words and the four operations, including with practical resources; eg, concrete objects and measuring tools.
Pupils will develop their ability to recognise, describe, draw, compare and sort different shapes and use the related vocabulary. They are encouraged to speak in complete sentences. Teaching should also involve a range of measures to describe and compare different quantities, such as length, mass, capacity, time and money.
By the end of Year 2, pupils should know the number bonds to 20 and be precise in using and understanding place value.
Pupils should read and spell mathematical vocabulary, at a level consistent with their increasing word reading and spelling knowledge at Key Stage 1.