Mathematics is an exciting, stimulating subject that gives children some key skills for life both inside and outside the school. At St Barnabas maths stimulates curiosity, inspires and provides challenge. Maths is taught through a mastery model at St Barnabas. Learning is split up into bite-size chunks to help all children reach the objective. If children are confident in the objective then they will be challenged to think deeper and apply their knowledge in a range of contexts. All children will be given daily opportunities to develop their problem solving, reasoning and fluency in mathematics.
In Reception, children are taught according to the guidelines in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) document. They learn mathematical skills and language through fun and practical experiences. They might be counting jumps in a skipping game outside, filling large and small containers with water, weighing ingredients for cooking, singing number songs, building really tall and really small towers of Lego, rolling playdough shapes or searching for numbers around the school. All these experiences build on their understanding of number, calculation, quantities, measures, shapes and problem solving, whilst broadening their mathematical language. Children are introduced to Numicon and Mathletics within their year in Reception. Children will begin to record their numbers using their own symbols and then using numerals.

Through Key Stage 1, children are taught to record their work in more formal calculations. They learn about addition, subtraction, sharing and grouping. By Year 2, children are taught multiplication and division and will learn the 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables. They will begin to tell the time using an analogue clock, use money, describe simple 2D and 3D shapes and read scales for measuring length, height and quantity. Children continue to use Numicon and Mathletics in Key Stage 1 and start using other resources to develop their understanding of number such as bead strings,  Dienes and coins.  

In Key Stage 2, children build on this knowledge and learn more times tables (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11 and 12). They learn to use this knowledge and all the other number facts they have learnt so far to apply to more complex calculations and problem solving. They will learn a range of more complex methods for solving calculations with 2, 3 and 4-digit numbers including decimals. Children are taught about fractions, percentages and decimal places. They will learn the mathematical skills essential for life!

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