Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.
‘Number rules the universe’ – Pythagoras
At Beddington Infants’ School, we develop mathematical understanding through:
developing key mathematical skills with which to make sense of the world around them.
developing the ability and confidence to think independently, clearly and logically.
understanding and enjoying mathematics through a broad and balanced curriculum.
understanding and using a wide range of vocabulary to explain their thinking.
being encouraged to use and apply their mathematical knowledge and develop mathematical reasoning through a wide range of activities including mental calculations and investigations.
making progress to the highest level of which they are capable, finding success and confidence in mathematical learning.
Maths is integrated across the learning environment every day in meaningful contexts helping them to develop into confident mathematicians.
Ways to help at home:
listen to and sing songs and rhymes
talk about numbers around you
count as much as you can – count objects around the home
noticing numbers, shapes and patterns in the environment
talk about simple number problems – if there are 4 apples in the bowl and you eat one, how many will be left?
show them how to write numbers correctly
discuss how you measure things e.g. weighing out ingredients when cooking or measuring their height
talking about time and the organisation of a clock