At Beeches Infant School the teaching and learning of mathematics is a high priority as we recognise it as an essential skill for life. Our maths teaching and learning is based around the maths mastery approaches. Key topics are taught for longer so the children can learn more deeply.
The children are taught maths through the use of mathematical resources such as counters, tens, frames and dienes. Time is spent using concrete resources to help the children deepen their understanding of maths concepts. Maths can be very abstract for young children that is why this part of the lesson is so crucial to help make those connections. Our maths is set in real life contexts and allow for opportunities for reasoning and problem solving. In all lessons there is the opportunity for children to talk to their partners and explain/clarify their thinking throughout the lesson.
Another feature of our maths approach is our daily fluency and number fact sessions. We recognise that ‘fluency’ is not just about remembering facts it is about developing all aspects of mathematical fluency.