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With regards to mathematical development, Nursery children access the Maths curriculum by Master the Curriculum (supporting White Rose Maths Hub). Pupils access well planned and sequenced maths sessions that are targeted specifically to their needs, leading to improved progress and attainment by the end of Nursery in preparation for accessing Maths in Reception. In Reception, teachers follow the White Rose Maths scheme and also implement the NCETM’s Mastering Number Programme. This has helped children develop fluency in number facts with automaticity and also number sense in preparation for Year 1. Maths concepts initially covered include colour, matching, sorting and counting. This then further develops into comparing, pattern, categorising and composition of numbers in Reception. In provision areas, pupils are encouraged to explore measure, pattern and number in greater depth through activities such as using Numicon to explore subitising and composition/decomposition of number, cubes and other countable resources to embed counting principles and blocks and weighing scales to develop understanding of length, weight and mass etc.

Staff take a developmentally appropriate approach to teaching mathematical concepts in the early years and the curriculum is designed to scaffold children’s learning, starting with concrete manipulatives and experiences before moving on to pictorial representations and introduction to abstract symbols. This progression ensures that children build a deep understanding of mathematical concepts at their own pace. We focus on hands-on, experiential learning experiences that allow children to explore mathematical concepts in a tangible way. Through the use of games and practical activities, children at Brackenhill Primary School develop a concrete understanding of mathematical ideas, laying the groundwork for mathematical fluency.

Children are encouraged to become confident problem solvers as they are presented with rich, open-ended mathematical tasks and challenges. By engaging in problem-solving activities, they develop their critical thinking skills, perseverance, and resilience, preparing them to tackle real-world mathematical problems both in and out of the classroom. Through discussions, group work, and shared activities, children learn to articulate their mathematical thinking, justify their reasoning, and communicate their ideas effectively, enhancing their ability to collaborate and engage with mathematical concepts. Resources and differentiated instructions allow us to meet the diverse needs of all of our learners and teachers at Brackenhill Primary School adapt the curriculum to cater to individual learning styles, abilities, and interests, ensuring that every child receives the support they need to succeed in mathematics.

Brackenhill Primary School ensures that children develop the knowledge and skills necessary to meet academic benchmarks and succeed in future educational endeavours and equips children with the foundational skills and confidence they need to become successful mathematicians and lifelong learners.

Here’s why math is so important in the early years:

  1. Foundation for Mathematical Thinking: Early exposure to mathematical concepts helps children develop a strong foundation in numerical understanding, spatial awareness, and logical reasoning. By engaging in math activities and games, children at Brackenhill Primary School learn to think critically, analyse patterns, and make connections between different mathematical ideas.
  2. Promotes Cognitive Development: Mathematics stimulates cognitive development by challenging children to use their problem-solving skills, memory, and attention to solve mathematical problems. By grappling with mathematical concepts such as number sense, measurement, and geometry, children develop their cognitive abilities and build essential neural connections in the brain.
  3. Preparation for School Success: Proficiency in mathematics is closely linked to academic achievement across various subject areas. By mastering foundational math skills in the early years, children are better equipped to succeed in later grades and tackle more complex mathematical concepts. Additionally, early math skills are predictive of future academic and career success.
  4. Encourages Logical Thinking: Mathematics encourages children to think logically and systematically. Through activities such as sorting, classifying, and sequencing, children develop their analytical skills and learn to approach problems in a structured and methodical way. These problem-solving skills are valuable not only in mathematics but also in other areas of life.
  5. Fosters Mathematical Confidence: Early experiences with math help build children’s confidence and positive attitudes towards the subject. By providing opportunities for exploration and discovery in a supportive and encouraging environment, Brackenhill Primary School helps children develop a growth mindset and a belief in their own mathematical abilities.

Prepares for Everyday life: Mathematical skills are essential for navigating everyday tasks and activities, from telling time and managing money to measuring ingredients and understanding spatial relationships. By developing mathematical fluency in the early years, children are better prepared to engage with the world around them and make informed decisions in their daily lives.

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