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Developing Maths skills for life

At Squirrel Hayes First School we aim to help all our learners become confident mathematicians. Through a mixture of daily explicit maths lessons, and our personalised ‘Einstein Kids Maths’ programme, learners are encouraged to develop mathematical fluency and apply key maths skills to solve problems.

Following the National Curriculum for Maths learners are encouraged to:-

  • Become fluent in using key maths skills. To regularly practise using these skills to develop conceptual understanding so that they can recall and apply their knowledge quickly and accurately.
  • Reason mathematically. To follow a line of enquiry, making links and relationships, to justify their findings using mathematical language.
  • Solve problems by applying maths skills to routine and non-routine problems, breaking them down into simple steps in order to find solutions.


How we teach Maths at Squirrel Hayes First School……


Daily explicit Maths Lesson           


Learners within Years 1 to 4 have access to daily maths lessons. During these lessons learners undertake various mathematical challenges, personalised to their own on-going assessments of need. Over the duration of a lesson/lessons learners are encouraged to:-

  • Identify new learning skills
  • Practice  and consolidate both prior and new skills and strategies
  • Apply their understanding to solve problems
  • Reason mathematically to justify their findings and deepen their learning

As part of the learning process during a lesson, learners and staff use ‘steps to success’ to help learners identify where learning is successful and what next steps are needed to progress further. Learners use self and peer assessment to identify personal learning needs to move their learning on. Learners are actively engaged in the learning process and are encouraged to respond to marking and feedback throughout the lesson and in subsequent learning activities.


Einstein Kids Maths Programme

Learners within Years 1 to 4 have access to our weekly personalised maths programme ‘Einstein Kids Maths’. Each week learners undertake mini maths assessments covering:-

  • Place value, addition and subtraction
  • Multiplication, division and fractions
  • Measure and geometry

Teachers use these weekly assessments to identify learner’s mathematical strengths and areas for development. This information informs weekly personalised maths interventions to help learners address any misconceptions or learn new skills.


Mental Maths

Learners across the school practice mental maths skills daily and are encouraged to practice their key maths skills as part of their Home-School learning. Fortnightly mental maths tests are used to help learners review mental maths strategies and any areas for further development are then explicitly taught in response to the on-going assessments of learning.


Learning Expectations and the National Curriculum in Key Stage 1 and 2


Key Stage 1 Maths Opportunities

  • Count and calculate in a range of practical contexts.
  • Use and apply mathematics in everyday activities and across the curriculum.
  • Repeat key concepts in many different practical ways to secure retention.
  • Explore numbers and place value up to at least 100.
  • Add and subtract using mental and formal written methods in practical contexts.
  • Multiply and divide using mental and formal written methods in practical contexts.
  • Explore the properties of shapes.
  • Use language to describe position, direction and movement.
  • Use and apply in practical contexts a range of measures, including time.
  • Handle data in practical contexts.


Key Stage 2 Maths Opportunities

  • Count and calculate in increasingly complex contexts, including those that cannot be experienced first-hand.
  • Rigorously apply mathematical knowledge across the curriculum, in particular in science, technology and computing.
  • Deepen conceptual understanding of mathematics by frequent repetition and extension of key concepts in a range of engaging and purposeful contexts.
  • Explore numbers and place value so as to read and understand the value of all numbers.
  • Add and subtract using efficient mental and formal written methods.
  • Multiply and divide using efficient mental and formal written methods.
  • Use the properties of shapes and angles in increasingly complex and practical contexts, including in construction and engineering contexts.
  • Describe position, direction and movement in increasingly precise ways.
  • Use and apply measures to increasingly complex contexts.
  • Gather, organise and interrogate data.
  • Understand the practical value of using algebra.


If you are stuck on the Maths words and concepts then check out this really useful MATHS DICTIONARY. This will help you to understand your learning.


Maths Activities for Reception to Year 4 –

Addition Games

Subtraction Games

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