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Mathematical Development in the Foundation Phase

During the Foundation Phase, children develop their skills, knowledge and understanding of mathematics through oral, practical and play activities.  They use and apply mathematics in practical tasks, in real-life problems and within maths itself.  They learn about 'number', 'measures and money', 'shape, position and movement' and 'handling data'.

Mathematics at Key Stage 2

At Key Stage 2, pupils build on their learning from the Foundation Phase and further develop their mathematical skills, knowledge and understanding through learning about and using 'number', 'measures and money', 'shape, position and movement' and 'handling data'.


In mathematics our aim is to:

  • promote pupil confidence and competence with numbers and the number system;
  • develop a pupil's ability to solve mathematical problems through decision-making and reasoning in a range of contexts;
  • give pupils the opportunity to explore features of shape and space and develop measuring skills;
  • develop a pupil's ability to communicate mathematically;
  • promote enjoyment of learning through practical activity, exploration and discussion;
  • help children understand the importance of mathematics in everyday life.


Mental strategies are developed systematically and written methods of calculation are flexible and based initially around mental approaches.  

We optimise opportunities for teaching and using mathematics in other subjects and numeracy as a key skill is used to enhance learning in other areas of the primary curriculum.
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