The development of maths learning from nursery to KS1 level At Great Barr Primary School Birmingham, independent enquiry based learning has been the at the heart of children’s learning throughout the Early Years Foundation Stage. We hear from Key Stage 1 class teachers to understand how the school ensures that the Maths learning in Key Stage 1 builds upon the skills the children have developed throughout nursery and reception.
In Year 1 we follow an active skills based whole class session on problem solving. We see how this is then followed up through a variety of play-based activities across the day. We see the children working in both independent situations as well as in focus groups. They are encouraged to self assess against personal objectives.
In Year 2 we will follow a morning’s Maths session on problem solving using strategies such as number lines. The teacher reflects on how the children’s independent work can highlight any misconceptions children may have and how these observations feed into future planning.