Our aim is to ensure that all children are taught mathematics as specified in the National Curriculum.
At St Mary and St Joseph's we develop an interest and enjoyment of mathematics and an awareness of its significance in our technology society as well as an understanding of number, shape, data handling, measurement, money and algebra.
Learning activities are sequenced to ensure progression and taught through direct skills teaching, providing pupils with real experiences through appropriate contexts, practical activities for pupils, educational visits, the use of published resources for teaching planning and the use of television programmes and ICT when appropriate. Teachers are required to follow the guidance given in 'using ICT to support Mathematics'.
All children are timetabled to use R.M. Maths, which is a mental maths ICT Programme. After taking a placement test a child id timetabled to use the programme for no less than 3 times per week and up to 10 minutes per day.
In our Reception class children are given the opportunity to develop skills in all areas of Mathematics through adult led and child initiated activities. These take place through continuous provision in the setting e.g. Sand, water, outdoor play and construction. Adults scaffold children's learning through discussion, problem solving and appropriate vocabulary.