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Mathematician Master Classes

We follow a scheme called 'White Rose' as the basis for our mathematics teaching and learning. It begins with the numbers children are most familiar with when starting school (numbers 1 to 5) and progresses throughout the year to working with numbers up to 20 across a wide range of contexts and experiences.

 

Each term we deliver skills through the 'core' numbers. However, we want children to become Mathematician Masters and the children always have the opportunity to extend the skill we are learning beyond the core numbers. The biggest part of this is empowering the children in becoming a leader in their own learning so that they can devise, solve and check their own mathematical problems.

 

Here is an outline of how mathematical teaching and learning progresses throughout the year.

 

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Core numbers

1 to 5

1 to 10

1 to 20

Strategies and skills

  • Recognising numbers 1 to 5
  • Ordering numbers 1 to 5
  • Matching the correct numeral to match a group of up to 5 objects
  • Counting up to 5 objects accurately
  • Recognising numbers 1 to 10
  • Ordering numbers 1 to 10
  • Matching the correct numeral to match a group of up to 10 objects
  • Counting up to 10 objects accurately when in a line and in an irregular arrangement
  • Recognising numbers 1 to 20
  • Ordering numbers 1 to 20
  • Counting up to 20 actions or objects that cannot be moved
  • Matching the correct numeral to match a group of up to 20 objects
  • Counting up to 20 objects accurately when in an irregular arrangement

Application opportunities

  • Comparing groups of objects and saying which has ‘more’ or ‘fewer
  • Finding the total of 2 groups by counting objects
  • Say what is one more or one less
  • In practical activities, begin to use vocabulary linked to addition and subtraction
  • Recognise 1p, 2p and 5p coins and use them in play

 

 

  • Comparing groups of objects and saying which has ‘more’ or ‘fewer
  • Finding the total of 2 groups by counting objects
  • Say what is one more or one less
  • In practical activities, begin to use vocabulary linked to addition and subtraction
  • Recognise 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p coins and use them in play
  • Estimate up to 10 objects and check by counting them
  • Comparing groups of objects and saying which has ‘more’ or ‘fewer
  • Finding the total of 2 groups by counting objects
  • Say what is one more or one less
  • In practical activities, begin to use vocabulary linked to addition and subtraction
  • Recognise 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p and 20p coins and use them in play
  • Estimate up to 20 objects and check by counting them
  • In practical activities, begin to use vocabulary involved in doubling, halving and sharing

 

We teach the children to explore and record their mathematical thinking in 3 ways.

 

Concrete - children demonstrate their thinking using apparatus and other concrete materials

Pictorial - children show their thinking using pictures, shapes and diagrams

Abstract - children record their thinking using standardised notiations including - + =

 

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