Building on their prior knowledge and experience, pupils at William Austin Infant School develop an awareness of the underlying patterns in number and shape which are a foundation for calculating methods, measurement and shape work in the future. The development of mathematical language is of fundamental importance.
In Foundation stage children are taught:
- To develop mathematical language.
- To recognise and recreate patterns.
- To compare, sort, match, order and count objects and to sequence everyday objects and events.
- To develop understanding of numbers as labels and for counting.
- To use vocabulary involved in adding and subtracting.
- To use mathematical ideas and methods to solve practical problems.
The main emphasis at Key Stage 1 is on:
- Number and mental calculation strategies.
- Learning to count in preparation for work on place value and working with large numbers.
- Using the four operations of number in relative contexts and problem solving.
- Recognise patterns and symmetry.
- Developing skills in measuring and estimating.