At Chandler’s Ford Infant School we believe Mathematics helps children to make sense of the world around them. It teaches them to organise, reason, problem-solve and think in abstract ways. Mathematics in school prepares children to be effective and responsible citizens because it is fundamental to everyday life. At Chandlers Ford Infant School we endeavour to ensure that children develop a positive and enthusiastic attitude towards Mathematics. We plan and teach mathematics in a stimulating, contextual and engaging way. Our children are confident mathematicians who understand that mistakes help them to learn and develop. Growth mind-set is at the heart of our Mathematical teaching and children learn to challenge themselves. Children at Chandlers Ford Infant School are able to:
use mathematical language in order to explain their thinking;
learn mathematics outside the classroom,
talk confidently, work collaboratively, sharing and discussing ideas;
predict, question and estimate;
record in a variety of ways, both visually and symbolically;
initiate and investigate their own ideas;
take risks and be unafraid to get something wrong;
use a wide range of resources including computer programs, games and
practical apparatus to help them access the curriculum.
In Year R, in accordance with the Early Years Foundation Stage Handbook 2019 we ‘provide children with opportunities to practise and improve their skills in counting numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems, and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures’.
In Years 1 and 2 we teach using the New National Curriculum to ensure children become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, can reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems.