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End of Year Expectations for Maths
St. Dunstan's Calculation Policy
Definitions of maths terms
Useful websites
Maths in Early Years
Maths in Year 1
Maths in Year 2
Maths in Year 3
Maths in Year 4
Maths in Year 5
Maths in Year 6
Maths Resources

Maths at St Dunstan’s

Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment.

The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils: 
  • a foundation for understanding the world
  • the ability to reason mathematically
  • an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics
  • a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
Curriculum September 2014

At St Dunstan’ s our aim is to develop children’s competence and resilience in maths.

A Mastery Curriculum

We follow a mastery curriculum whereby children are taught a concept in depth over a prolonged unit, moving through small progressive steps to develop a deep, lasting competence and understanding. All year groups begin with place value, which underpins our number system, before moving on to calculation and other math strands such as measure, fractions and geometry.

Concept and Procedures
Teaching methods in maths today are very different from how many adults were taught. Now we try to help the children understand “why” rather than just telling them “how”. In this way, and over time the children will be much better placed to apply their understanding to solve problems and real situations.

Practical, collaborative and talk
Maths teaching has previously moved children onto abstract methods before they had a strong understanding of the maths. Our children are given time to make and model their understanding so they develop strong skills of visualisation. We use a variety of manipulatives in our maths classrooms and display the learning on working walls to support children moving from the concrete to a pictorial and finally to the abstract use of number. Children are encouraged to talk through their understanding and work together to solve challenges. In this way their resilience and enjoyment of maths is built up in a low stakes learning environment.
Working WallSubitising
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Context Driven

It is absolutely clear that maths is a very important subject area in real life outside the classroom. Bearing this in mind we seek to make maths driven by context –based questions using real life examples and situations.

These everyday maths questions are unpicked and children are encouraged to find solutions found through a variety of methods.

End of Year Expectations for Maths
Please click on the links below for the end of year expectations for the year group

Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Year 4
Year 5
Year 6

Maths Resources

Shanghai and English Times Tables

Early Years Maths - Useful website links

Useful websites that we can recommend are set out below:








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