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St Clement's and St John's

CofE Infant School

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The aim of our mathematics teaching is for children to use and apply their mathematics confidently and competently in their learning and in everyday situations.


Children are therefore exposed to a wide range of learning experiences. Number and measurement, shape and space, algebra and data handling are all areas in which we aim to develop their understanding.


Stimulating resources, the creativity of teachers and practical investigations are always at the heart of what we believe makes lessons effective. The role of play in the early years is critical in developing children’s appreciation of how mathematics is all around them, so they are given the opportunity to explore sand and water, containers and other items in a child initiated yet structured way.


All children are encouraged to develop their confidence in using their mathematical vocabulary to communicate their ideas in a range of situations. With all new learning and concepts, teachers aim to ensure that the mathematical language is understood and used correctly.


To support the learning of number we have use the ‘Big Maths’ approach to teaching and learning. Big Maths lessons are fun, quick, build on repetition and identifiable small steps to create a ‘buzz’ around maths learning. As part of this all children have a weekly ‘Big Maths, Beat That’ tests where the children challenge themselves to beat their best score for mental recall facts (e.g. number bonds, times tables) and a weekly challenge that supports the teachers assessment of each child’s knowledge.


Don’t be afraid of talking to your child about the maths they are doing and supporting them to learn their Beat That’s.


For more information or to have a go at a ‘Beat That’ challenge please see the links below.

Click here to download: Year 6 Parent Maths Workshop