Yearly objectives inform the planning and teaching of mathematics throughout the school. These objectives enable progression in learning towards the Early Learning Goals and the 2014 National Curriculum level descriptors appropriate to Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
Mathematics in the Foundation Stage is viewed as a practical, activity-based subject, since for most children practical work is the most effective means by which understanding of mathematics can develop. The overview for this area of learning is taken from the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile.
As the children progress through Key Stage 1, work will progress from handling objects to a stage in which symbols are used, which can be manipulated in abstract ways and applied to problem solving.
At Key Stage 2 most children will be encouraged to work increasingly independently, applying the knowledge they have learnt to solve everyday problems and to investigate mathematical rules, patterns and relationships. Mathematics games and practical learning opportunities will supplement more formal mathematics activities throughout Key Stage 2.