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Mathematics in KS1

There is a great emphasis placed on the learning and teaching of mathematics and links are regularly made to the importance of many skills in everyday life, outside of school.  Our children are encouraged to develop their confidence and ability to apply their skills in practical situations.  A wide variety of strategies are taught with a strong emphasis on first hand experiences and investigation.  These are essential throughout the early primary years in order to attain a solid understanding of a concept.  

This subject is taught daily and differentiated activities ensure that the needs of all abilities are addressed.  The children are regularly assessed and given small group or one to one support as required.  Progress is monitored and teaching is altered appropriately for classes, groups or individuals.  The understanding of mathematical language and exposure to key vocabulary are integral to the daily learning and teaching across all concepts. 

Mental maths and problem solving are considered to be of upmost importance and are both a key focus in our drive to develop the overall progress and achievement of all children.

A variety of teaching resources are used based around the Abacus maths scheme including ICT, other published materials and suitable mathematical equipment and games to support the children in practical learning opportunities.  The partnership between home and school plays a vital role in providing further consolidation of concepts taught in school. 

From September 2015 the objectives taught will be based on the new curriculum framework, an adapted version of the one currently being taught at MIS.

From September 2015 in KS1 (Year 1 and Year 2) the following strands for mathematics will be taught.


Percentage of yearly curriculum coverage

Number and Place Value












New objectives added to the Year 1 curriculum are:

·         Write numbers in words up to 20

·         Count up to 100

·         Recognise number facts within 20

·         Use the symbols +, - and =

·         Write numerals up to 100


New objectives added to the Year 2 are:

·         Describe properties of shapes

·         Fractions of quantities

·         Make comparisons using < , > and =

·         Adding three single digit numbers

·         Commutative law of addition and multiplication

More information for parents including details of what has been replaced or moved to other year groups will be explained in detail in a meeting to take place at the end of the academic year.