How we teach Maths

We us a range of resources including ‘Maths No Problem’ to complement our teaching and learning.    We introduce the children to Maths through the use of concrete, pictorial, abstract methods to give children a deeper understanding of how mathematics works.    This ensures the children build a solid foundation of conceptual understanding and fluency. 

The teaching of Mathematics in our Reception Class (Otters) consists of daily Maths workshops that focus on specific areas of the subject.  These sessions focus on counting, using number names in the correct order and recognising numbers in the environment. The children learn through a range of practical contexts using images, objects, stories, rhymes and songs to engage and promote the importance of number.  The children are introduced to the language of ‘more or less’ and start to recognise simple shapes from everyday objects.  They begin to develop early problem-solving skills to encourage them to use maths outside of the classroom.  In Otters, Maths teaching is based on the EYFS curriculum.

Key Stage 1 and 2 (Hedgehogs, Squirrels and Badgers) pupils will spend much longer on certain key areas, such as place value and the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) to fully embed the concept before moving on.   In Hedgehogs, Squirrels and Badgers, Maths teaching is based on the National Curriculum.

We explicitly teach each topic once throughout the year but these areas of maths are met continuously through our representations and lead in stories in other maths lessons. Therefore, nothing is truly taught in isolation.

Below is a video clip of a 'Maths No Problem Maths' lesson for you to watch.