At Manor Infant School, we value a maths curriculum that is creative and engaging. All children need to have access to this curriculum and to make progress in lessons. Our children need to develop the necessary skills to make them ‘mathematically literate’ and ‘deep thinkers’ acquiring maths skills that can be recalled quickly and transferred and applied in different contexts. They need to be able to make rich connections across the areas of maths and use their knowledge in other subjects. Maths is the foundation for understanding the world and we want our children to know the purpose behind their learning and to apply their knowledge to their everyday lives.
NUMBER OF THE DAY
In each classroom at Manor Infant School, there is a ‘Number of the Day’ area – the intention is to help our children to develop mathematical fluency by exploring an individual number in greater depth each day, enabling them to see the links between numbers as well. Children explore this number independently (e.g. finding number bonds, doubling, halving, creating number sentences) at an age-appropriate level.
Children have opportunities daily to apply their mental maths skills.
In Year 1 and Year 2, this comprises (but is not limited to) number bonds to 20 and their 2, 5 and 10 x tables. In Year 2, as well as multiplication facts, children are also expected to recall associated division facts. This may be addressed through number of the day or specific activities tailored to their needs.
In Year R and Year 1, our children also have additional exposure to maths and number in the continuous provision on offer to all children, so that their maths learning can take place independently and in a range of contexts outside of the maths lesson.