Maths forms an integral part of our science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) initiative. Through maths, we seek to challenge and extend children in their mathematical thinking as well as supporting and emphasising the key skills of STEM. We have introduced multi-sensory resources, including Numicon, an award-winning maths resource encompassing specialised shapes and rods to help pupils understand number relationships and patterns. Children are taught a broad base of mathematical knowledge and skills. We teach to each child’s individual needs, supporting or extending them where appropriate and catering for all children across the learning spectrum.
Maths is reinforced by other elements of the curriculum. It is further supported by the new computing curriculum, and each Key Stage 2 child has their own electronic tablet. From Year 1 upwards, our children can take advantage of the Chesslings club and advanced chess sessions on offer. The benefits of chess are well documented and this helps enhance our maths programme at Parsons Green Prep.
In Key Stage 1, children develop a knowledge and understanding of maths through visual, auditory and kinaesthetic teaching and learning. They learn to count, read, write and order numbers to 100 and beyond. They develop a range of mental calculation skills and are encouraged to use these confidently in different settings. They learn about shape and space through practical activities that help their understanding of the environment. They are introduced to mathematical language and encouraged to use it to explain methods and reasoning when solving problems.
In Key Stage 2, children are taught to use and apply number skills more confidently. They move from counting with ease to calculating with all four number operations. They are taught strategies to try and solve problems with mental methods before using other approaches. We explore features of shape and space, and develop measuring skills in a range of contexts. They gain confidence in discussing and presenting their reasoning and methods, using a wide range of mathematical terms, diagrams and charts. The idea of ‘working mathematically’ is fostered from the start across all strands of learning.