The only way to learn mathematics is to do mathematics

Paul Halmos

At Appletree Gardens First School, we recognise that Mathematics is essential in everyday life and, with this in mind, we ensure that children develop a positive and enthusiastic attitude towards mathematics that will stay with them throughout their lives. We strive to provide children with Maths rich learning tasks which allow them to investigate, reason and problem solve in real, exciting and meaningful contexts.

Our curriculum is designed to meet the requirements of the 2014 curriculum which aims to ensure all pupils:

- Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics so that they are efficient in using and selecting the appropriate written algorithms and mental methods, underpinned by mathematical concepts

- Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including in unfamiliar contexts and to model real-life scenarios - Can reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and develop and present a justification, including in unfamiliar mathematical language.

To support children in their learning, we use a wide range of practical equipment which supports children in developing number sense and becoming secure in their methods of calculation.
The equipment that we use:

  • Numicon
  • Cuisenaire rods
  • Dienes/Base 10
  • Place value counters
  • Tens frames