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Welcome! Exciting news for 2020 – Our friendly, child-centred RMS Nursery is now up and running. Places available for Easter, September and January starts. Visits very welcome so come along and see our multi-sensory, ‘loose parts’ and creative minds learning approach! Places also still available for September 2020 in our Foundation. Please get in touch with our school office and we look forward to meeting you!


National Curriculum - Maths

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Our aim is to develop the children’s numeracy skills: their understanding and concept of numbers, including fractions. We want the children to be confident when approaching calculations independently, selecting appropriate mental or written strategies. Alongside this, the children learn to use and interpret a range of tables, charts and graphs and develop their concept of shape, space and measures. Through each of these strands the children employ and extend their skills in problem solving and investigation, often in real life contexts.

Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1

We begin with the development of understanding the value of numbers, counting objects, ordering the numbers and the combination of more than one number. Work is grounded in practical tasks, moving gradually towards pictorial representations, written recording and larger numbers. We encourage, through the learning of basic facts and number bonds, more complex calculations. The children are introduced to the idea of ½, ¼ and ¾ of objects or numbers. The children explore shape, measuring and the presentation and interpretation of tables and charts. Throughout, there is a strong emphasis on developing the children’s mental dexterity with numbers and concepts.

Lower Key Stage 2

Children are introduced to larger numbers, and their knowledge of different calculation strategies is extended. Links between the four number operations are made, and they are applied to more complex problems. Children begin to work with a greater range of unit fractions and to use these to solve problems. Concepts of shape, space and measure are further developed, and the children are introduced to a range of simple graphs. Mental speed and agility are increased, with multiplication tables being taught regularly and tested and other important facts learned by heart.

Upper Key Stage 2

Higher level numeracy skills are developed at this stage, including calculation with decimals and fractions. These are applied to increasingly complex problems, including those requiring systematic thought, estimation and handling of big numbers. Children use and interpret a range of graphs and perform statistical calculations. Concepts and skills in measurement, shape and space are further extended. Mental mathematics features regularly and children will be required to apply their recall of multiplication tables in different situations. They will begin to use simple algebraic expressions. The emphasis throughout is on a thorough grounding in the subject, both in number and practical experience. At whatever level of attainment, we aim that the children are confident in the subject, ready for their transition to Secondary School.

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