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We love Maths at South Stanley Infant and Nursery School!

At South Stanley Infant and Nursery School, we aim for a high-quality Maths curriculum which is accessible for all children, one that will maximise the development of every child’s ability and academic achievement in all areas of Mathematics.  Through a mastery approach, we aim to develop children’s fluency, problem solving and reasoning skills.  The intent of our curriculum is to enable children to develop resilience in maths and enable them to explain their thinking, drawing on previous learning to help them tackle a variety of Mathematical problems.  We want children to develop an enjoyment of Maths and to be confident when approaching new concepts. 

Teaching of Maths

At South Stanley infant and Nursery School, our Maths teaching is progressive, each year group builds on learning from the previous year group.  We use a Mastery approach to teaching Maths, following the White Rose scheme of learning, which focuses on increasing children’s fluency, mathematical thinking, reasoning and problem solving skills through a series of small steps.

The appropriate mathematical language for each year group is taught daily and children consolidate prior language learned across the years.

Our mathematics curriculum covers the following areas:

·       Number and place value.

·       Addition and subtraction.

·       Multiplication and Division.

·       Fractions.

·       Measures .

·       Geometry – properties of shape, position and direction.

·       Statistics.

Mastering Number

In Reception and KS1 we also have daily fluency sessions, following the NCTEM Mastering Number program.  This program aims to secure firm foundations in the development of good number sense (a deep understanding of number).  The aim over time is that children will leave KS1 with a good level of fluency in calculation and confidence and flexibility in number.  Research shows that children with secure number sense early on will make more progress later on in Maths and across the curriculum.


After each unit of work, children carry out a White Rose end of block assessment to check their understanding of the topic covered.  Following this, at the end of each term, in KS1, children carry out an NFER Maths assessment to assess their overall understanding in relation to age related expectations. Year 2 are assessed at the end of Autumn and Spring and Year 1 are assessed at the end of Spring and Summer.

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