At King's Hedges Educational Federation, Maths is taught rigorously, following a detailed progression from Nursery to Year 6. Key principles of fluency, problem solving and reasoning are embedded to allow most pupils to achieve mastery or greater depth by the end of each year. We think that learning times table facts to fluency is an essential skill.
Nursery and Reception
In Early Years, most of the Maths learning takes place in small, adult led groups and is linked to other areas of the curriculum to encourage pupils to talk about their ideas. Children work towards completing the baseline assessment ready to begin Year 1.
Number work is taught as a separate session, and the children become fluent in rote counting, rational counting, recognising numbers, writing numbers and skip counting in 10s and 2s. By the end of Reception most children can master solving simple plus and minus equations. Pupils will then apply their skills to simple practical problems.
Years 1 and 2
In Key Stage 1, the daily number work sessions continue into Years 1 and 2, with children becoming fluent in how to times and divide, order numbers, and solve number stories, as well as lots of counting and skip counting. Key skills like place value are practiced throughout these years. Pupils apply their skills to problems frequently to demonstrate their level of understanding.
Also, children are taught about 2D and 3D shapes, using measures, data handling in a separate very practical Maths lessons. The content of these lessons is often linked to other areas of the curriculum, so pupils can show they have mastered Maths skills in Science, DT or Computing.
Years 3, 4, 5 and 6
In Key Stage 2, the number work lessons become more challenging, with children becoming fluent to calculate with decimals, find fractions and percentages of numbers, skip count in all numbers under 10, multiply and divide with decimal numbers and solve two-step number stories. Pupils are constantly applying taught skills to problems at a mastery and then greater depth level. Pupils are asked to reason using mathematical language.
In their Maths lessons, Key Stage 2 children cover a range of topics such as: finding the area and perimeter of a shape; calculating missing angles in a triangle; drawing and reading graphs; or finding and explaining rules for number patterns. Often this learning is linked to work done in their topics and they are expected to apply a range of Maths skills independently to a task in Science, DT or Computing.