Focus of Teaching within each phase

Focus of Teaching within each phase:

Early Years

The principal focus of mathematics teaching in Early Years is to ensure that pupils develop confidence and fluency when counting, ordering and representing numbers and quantities to 20.  They is practical resources, models and images to aid mastery of early key concepts whilst solving problems including; doubling, halving and sharing.  Key vocabulary is modelled and rehearsed to ensure fluency.

Key Stage 1

The principal focus of mathematics teaching in Key Stage 1 is to ensure that pupils develop confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value.  This involves working with numerals and key maths vocabulary in the four operations and practical resources.  Pupils are supported to hear and speak mathematical vocabulary.

Lower Key Stage 2

The principal focus of mathematics teaching in Lower Key Stage 2 is to ensure that pupils become increasingly fluent with whole numbers and the four operations, including number facts and the concept of place value.  This should ensure that pupils develop efficient written and mental methods and perform calculations accurately with increasingly large whole numbers.  Pupils should read and spell mathematical vocabulary correctly using their growing word reading and spelling knowledge.

Upper Key Stage 2

The principal focus of mathematics teaching in Upper Key Stage 2 is to ensure that pupils extend their understanding of the number system and place value to include larger integers.  This should develop the connections that pupils make between multiplication and division with fractions, decimals, percentages and ratios.  At this stage, pupil should develop their ability to solve a wide range of problems using efficient written and mental calculations.  Pupils should read, spell and pronounce Mathematical vocabulary correctly.