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Streetsbrook Infant & Early Years Academy

Learning for Life


Maths at Streetsbrook

‘Mathematics is a creative and highly inter–connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solutions to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.’

National Curriculum 2014




Through our structured and well-planned Mathematics curriculum, children are  supported to:


  • gain a sound understanding of the number system
  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics
  • reason mathematically and be able to communicate their thinking using accurate mathematical vocabulary
  • solve problems by applying their mathematical knowledge
  • make rich connections across mathematical ideas, including applying their mathematical knowledge in other curriculum areas
  • develop and apply a growth mindset in relation to their mathematical learning
  • enjoy mathematics




Through play-based and more formal guided activities children will encounter the six main areas of early mathematical learning enabling them to build solid mathematical foundations.

  • Cardinality and Counting
  • Comparison of numbers
  • Number composition (understanding that a number can be made up of other smaller numbers)
  • Pattern
  • Shape and Space
  • Measures


Children will be challenged to solve problems by applying their mathematical knowledge and will be supported to develop their ability to reason mathematically and to communicate their thinking using accurate mathematical vocabulary.


Throughout the school, concrete manipulatives are used to support all children in understanding abstract mathematical ideas and processes, and to provide a common language with which children can communicate mathematical thinking to teachers and others.   Our  expectation is that most children will move through the programme of study, for their year group, at broadly the same pace. However, decisions about when to progress will always be based on the security of a child’s understanding.  Children who grasp concepts rapidly are challenged through rich and sophisticated problem-solving opportunities where they are required to communicate their understanding and/or represent and apply their understanding in a variety of ways.


At Streetsbrook we aim to make mathematical learning practical, relevant and fun and to ensure children acquire the necessary knowledge, skills and confidence to be successful mathematicians now and into their future.

Mastering Number Programme at Reception and KS1

Children in Reception and KS1 participate in Mastering Number sessions four times weekly. In KS1, Mastering Number sessions take place in addition to conventional timetabled maths lessons. In Reception, the progamme covers key Foundation Stage numerical learning but is augmented with additional sessions covering wider aspects of maths.


''This project aims to secure firm foundations in the development of good number sense for all children from Reception through to Year 1 and Year 2. The aim over time is that children will leave KS1 with fluency in calculation and a confidence and flexibility with number. Attention will be given to key knowledge and understanding needed to Reception classes, and progression through KS1 to support success in the future. 


The short videos below give a flavour of Mastering Number happening with different age groups. The teachers explain how the programme has benefited all pupils in the classes, providing firm foundations for later work in maths''

(NCETM-Mastering Number at Reception and KS1)


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