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"Numbers have Life; they are not just symbols on paper."

Shakuntala Devi         

Maths Vision Statement


Developing confident mathematicians who demonstrate their love of maths and make contributions as global citizens, inspired by the values that represent our school: creativity, teamwork, inclusion, resilience, respect and kindness.


Botley School staff have adopted a mastery approach in maths and children are working with concrete maths equipment, pictorial representations and abstract concepts of maths.  We move throughout the year ensuring fluency in maths ideas and apply our work to problem solving.  Children are encouraged to use questioning and to think about their own learning styles when responding to maths.  We have our own calculation policy which ensures that children have a progressive learning journey.

• To promote enjoyment of learning through practical activity, exploration and discussion.
• To promote confidence and competence with numbers and the number system.
• To develop the ability to solve problems through decision making and reasoning in a range of contexts.
• To develop a practical understanding of the ways in which information is gathered and presented.
• To explore features of shape and space, and develop measuring skills in a range of contexts.
• To understand the importance of mathematics in everyday life.
• To enable children to celebrate their cultural diversity, the rich heritage of mathematics worldwide and the diverse mathematicians who have led the way.
• To develop mathematical language which children can use appropriately.
• To help children to become independent learners.
• To provide a differentiated Mathematics curriculum which; meets the needs of all children by offering a broad and balanced range of activities.
• To use ICT as a tool to enhance learning.

Maths in Early Years