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Maths - Becoming Mathematicians

Mathematics at Ghost Hill


Mathematics is essential in everything we construct, everything we calculate and almost every problem we have to solve in our everyday lives. This is reflected through the whole school, where the use of mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding is integrated into practical activities, meaningful problems and our topics. Children develop their knowledge and understanding of mathematics as they progress through the school. Resources are available to children to help them learn, develop and apply their understanding of the subject.



Early Years – The Early Years Foundation Stage


For our Nursery children we provide a range of continuous provision mathematical activities which the children can access throughout the day. These hands-on practical activities ensure the children learn in a fun way using a range of different resources. To support this, we follow the Development Matters document which shows a clear journey from Development Matters in Nursery (3-4 years) to Reception where White Rose is aligned to the new EYFS Statutory Framework 2021, ELG Numerical Pattern and Number. The children then have the knowledge to access the KS1 Curriculum. We use White Rose from R through to Year 2.


You can access the 2021 Development Matters document by clicking here.


The mathematical areas covered throughout the year in Nursery can be seen in the table below:




For our Reception aged children the emphasis is on practical experiences and the use of everyday objects to ensure the children develop a secure foundation upon which to build. Key mathematical vocabulary is introduced and used throughout, applying it to everyday experiences.



Throughout the Reception Year, the children are taught with the expectation of meeting the Early Learning Goals which are:



At the end of reception, children should be able to:

  • Have a deep understanding of number to 10, including the composition of each number.

  • Subitise (recognise quantities without counting) up to 5.

  • Automatically recall (without reference to rhymes, counting or other aids) number bonds up to 5 (including subtraction facts) and some number bonds to 10, including double facts.


Numerical Patterns

At the end of reception, children should be able to:

  • Verbally count beyond 20, recognising the pattern of the counting system.
  • Compare quantities up to 10 in different contexts, recognising when one quantity is greater than, less than or the same as the other quantity.
  • Explore and represent patterns within numbers up to 10, including evens and odds, double facts and how quantities can be distributed equally.


To support this, we follow the White Rose teaching sequence. Reception follow a more fluid approach to teaching and learning in mathematics, supplementing the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. Below is the Reception yearly overview table, showing the different elements to the National Curriculum and how it is covered in the school using the White Rose approach. 




Here is a look at the mathematical areas covered under each of these titles in each term:


Reception Overview



Two staff members took part in training and helped to produce the booklet below.


  Click here to read our Booklet of Ideas (Support Your Child with Maths at Home)



Key Stage 1 - The National Curriculum


In Key Stage 1, the national curriculum programme of study for mathematics is followed and each year group covers work suitable for the needs and abilities of children within the class. We teach maths in a very practical manner using a concrete, pictorial and abstract approach to the teaching of concepts and skills. We also use a Maths Mastery approach to support pupils in acquiring a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject. We deliver our Maths Curriculum by following the White Rose Maths teaching sequence. The areas of the Maths curriculum are broken down into weekly blocks for a suitable length of time to secure the pupil’s mathematical understanding. If needed, teachers have the flexibility to extend the length of time on a particular mathematical area, should the pupil’s need more time to consolidate their understanding. 


Each class covers mathematical content in daily maths sessions and through their topic work.



The areas covered in Key Stage 1 are:


  • Number: Number and place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, fractions
  • Measurement: length, weight, capacity, time
  • Geometry: shapes, position and direction


Please see the White Rose Maths sequence of teaching in Key Stage 1 below:



Year 1


Year 1 Overview




Year 2


Year 2 Overview




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  Click here to read our Calculations Policy.

  Click here to read our Maths Mastery Statement.