Mathematics in Year 1 and 2 is planned to enable children to develop a clear understanding of numbers, counting and calculating. Initially this will be with numbers no greater than 20, working towards confidence with numbers up to 100 or greater. Children will learn techniques to solve calculations. These will initially be addition and subtraction calculations, progressing to division and multiplication as skills develop.
We are following a scheme of work developed by the White Rose Hub, which is also being used at Bradwell Junior School. This emphasises a progression of working from concrete apparatus to visual images and then abstract representations. This methodology is intended to provide a thorough understanding of number leading to mastery of numerical concepts and relationships. So, children will be supported by counting and sorting apparatus and will gradually move to more abstract methods of mental calculation.
There is an emphasis on reasoning and problem-solving and we ask children to explain how they solve a problem, how they know it is correct, or how can they prove their answer.
In addition, children will sort, measure and estimate in a variety of role-play and real-life scenarios. Resources such as coins, rulers and timers will be used frequently in practical activities and investigations. This enables us to model and act-out situations which show how mathematics is used in the adult world.
Recent fun tasks have included measuring African animals, measuring the distance a kangaroo can jump, weighing and measuring toy dinosaurs, weighing ingredients for cooking, tessellating shapes for Islamic designs, and designing and playing board games.