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Mathematics is a tool for everyday life. It is a whole network of concepts and relationships which provide a way of viewing and making sense of the world. It is used to analyse and communicate information and ideas and to tackle a range of practical tasks and real life problems.

We will support our children to:

  • Have a positive attitude towards mathematics
  • Become competent and confident in with a range of mathematical knowledge, concepts and skills;
  • Develop the ability to solve problems, to reason, to think logically and to work systematically and with accuracy;
  • Be able to communicate with peers and adults using the appropriate mathematical language
  • Effectively choose, use and apply mathematics across the curriculum and in real life.

The maths curriculum is based on the National Renewed Maths Framework objectives which were redesigned to make it easier for teachers to develop longer units of work which made useful links between different areas of maths. It encourages a clear focus on problem solving and the skills of using and applying mathematical understanding.

At Clarkson Infant and Nursery School considerable importance is attached to the children achieving and understanding mathematical processes, concepts and skills. A favourable attitude is encouraged by presenting it in an interesting and enjoyable way, allowing the children to actively participate in the learning process, thus creating a sense of achievement and confidence. We provide opportunities and encourage our children to use and apply mathematics in real life situations.

In Years One and Two, mathematics is taught through a daily Numeracy lesson. In order to develop Mathematical skills some pupils may move between classes either for extension or for consolidation of skills. Class teachers also plan for opportunities to develop and apply key mathematical skills in other subjects throughout the year.

In the Nursery and Reception mathematics is taught to the children through both teacher led and child initiated activities. It is consolidated through practical “hands on” experiences, games, ICT opportunities, group tasks, investigations and a range of real life contexts which develop both mathematical understanding and problem solving skills.

Teachers will work with a combination of individuals, small groups or the whole class depending on the focus.

At Clarkson Infant and Nursery School, we hope to share with our children the wonder of maths and open their minds to the exciting possibilities it allows us to explore as well as helping them to develop essential skills and knowledge.



To support your child with addition please click below to access the PROGRESSION THROUGH CALCULATIONS

Addition policypdf.doc

To support your child with subtraction please click below to access the PROGRESSION THROUGH CALCULATIONS


There are lots of things that you can do at home to help your child’s maths skills develop.  The biggest area is helping to develop their mental maths skills. This can be done through quick fire questions, asking them times table questions, adding up the doors of house you walk past etc.

The key thing is to make it fun, quick paced and a competition, so they want to improve. 

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