Mathematics at The Stonehouse Park Infant School

We are determined that children will develop into competent and enthusiastic mathematicians by being enriched in a creative and vibrant curriculum which reflects every child’s needs and interests. We aim to provide:

  • Daily opportunities to practise mental recall of number facts and the number system.
  • A choice of equipment to support children in developing efficient methods of written and mental calculation.
  • Problem solving opportunities in a wide range of contexts which allow children to develop the ability to reason, generalise and make sense of solutions.
  • An ethos where children are encouraged to understand the learning process and view themselves as being on a journey of learning and discovery; they are actively encouraged to embrace the value of learning from mistakes and false starts.
  • Meaningful, creative and innovative learning experiences which capture children’s interests through cross curricula links and high quality resources, including the use of ICT.
  • Opportunities to learn outdoors and to gain an understanding of how shape, space and measure fit into the world around us and are connected to other concepts within Mathematics.

Curriculum Content


In Reception Mathematics is split into two aspects:

Numbers: children count reliably with numbers from 1 to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number. Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer. They solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing.

Shape, space and measures: children use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems. They recognise, create and describe patterns. They explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them.

Key Stage One

During Year 1 & 2 children are given a wide range of opportunities to develop their understanding and skills to support them in:

  • Counting and calculating in a range of practical contexts.
  • Using and applying mathematics in everyday activities and across the curriculum.
  • Repeating key concepts in many different practical ways to secure retention.
  • Exploring numbers and place value up to at least 100.
  • Adding and subtracting using mental and formal written methods in practical contexts.
  • Multiplying and dividing using mental and formal written methods in practical contexts.
  • Exploring the properties of shapes.
  • Using language to describe position, direction and movement.
  • Using and applying in practical contexts a range of measures, including time.
  • Handling data in practical contexts.