In the early years pupils will develop their knowledge and understanding of mathematics through practical activity, exploration and discussion. They will learn to count, read, write and order numbers to 100 and beyond. They will develop a range of mental calculation skills and use them confidently in different settings. They also learn about shape and space through practical activities, which builds on their knowledge of their environment.

Mental maths plays a very important role in the teaching of mathematics. We strongly encourage children to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills to enable quick speed of recall. Children are expected to learn and use the correct vocabulary of maths. Increased confidence in these areas can have a significant effect on the results children achieve.

In their later years in our school pupils will use number with increasing confidence. They move from counting reliably to calculating fluently with all four number problems. We encourage them to tackle number problems using mental methods first. They will also continue to develop their knowledge of shape and space and their measuring abilities. They will present their methods and reasoning using mathematical language, diagrams and charts.