Mathematical learning takes place in every part of the school, within all areas of the curriculum. There is a maths shed in the garden full of natural materials for practical outdoor activities. Mathematical understanding develops through stories, songs, games, focused walks, building and imaginative play. Numicon is available in all areas, to incorporate with any provision.
Opportunities to count and make up number stories (simple sums and comparisons) are everywhere. Children learn that they can count anything and everything, including things they can do. Those who spend most of their time outside can eg count goals or jumps and write a tally or score. Children gradually know and use numbers and counting in play, and eventually recognise and use numbers reliably, to develop mathematical ideas and to solve problems. Children develop an awareness of the relationship between numbers and amounts and know that numbers can be combined, ‘added together’, separated by ‘taking away’ and that two or more amounts can be compared.
Shape, Space and Measures
Through talking about shapes, quantities, pattern and size children learn appropriate vocabulary and knowledge to develop ideas and to solve mathematical problems. Children learn about shapes and their attributes, through going on shape hunts, learning shape songs and looking for shapes in buildings and in their environment. They make pictures and models with shapes and form their own shapes in different ways. Sandpits, water-play and pouring their own drinks provide practical experiences of quantity and using maths language. Through learning routines, children develop a sense of time and confidence in knowing what to expect.