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At Purston Infant School we are passionate about teaching maths. Like all the other subjects we strive to make all of our maths lessons as exciting, practical and as real life as possible.  We teach our children using a mastery approach.  All children are encouraged to work towards achieving mastery in maths, children are provided with activities that build upon concrete, pictoral and abstract opportunities in order to acquire a deep, long-term and secure understanding of mathematical concepts.  We strive to provide opportunities to develop fluency within maths, ensuring children have the opportunity to embed their mathematical knowledge through meaningful reasoning and problem solving activities whilst challenging children’s thinking through questioning.

Mathematics teaches children how to make sense of the world around them through developing their ability to calculate, reason and solve problems. It enables children to understand relationships and patterns in both number and space in their everyday lives.

The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
  • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

Mathematics content can be accessed from; www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-mathematics-programmes-of-study

Here are some useful websites for you to use with your children to support their learning in mathematics:

For maths games


Numberblocks – activities with links to the Numberblocks Videos, these are ideal for children in Nursery, UFS and Year 1


Counting with Jack Hartmann, you can get moving and learn to count in 1’s, 2’s, 5’s and 10’s, perfect for all year groups

Jack Hartmann You Tube Channel

Here is a link to the Numberblocks episodes page on BBC iplayerideal for children in Nursery, UFS and Year 1


Activites to develop reasoning and problem solving skills, you can select the year group from Foundation Stage to Year 2


Videos and activities to develop mathematical concepts

BBC Bitesize Foundation Stage Maths

BBC Bitesize KS1 Maths

Join in with Little Learners on CBeebies and explore all of these fun and free maths games, activities and clips. Ideal for Nursery and UFS children


Links to Oak Academy lessons for Early Years and KS1

Oak Academy Early Years Maths

Oak Academy Key Stage 1 Maths

Fun counting songs from Scratch Garden for all year groups


We had a lovely day celebrating World Number Day whilst supporting NSPCC and raising money by having a non-uniform day. Here are some of the fun counting activities that took place in Crocodiles.

Monkeys and Elephants enjoyed counting, sequencing numbers, continuing repeating patterns and writing numbers.

Kangaroos and Giraffes shared the book ‘The Dinosaur that Pooped Daddy.’ They took their learning outside and children worked in teams to create number stories by collecting equipment to match the numbers 1-10. Finally, children recorded the numbers by writing them as digits, their number names and tally marks.

Year 2 completed a quiz, created number posters, designed pants and counted with Jack Hartmann.