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Maths - our intent

Mathematics is a creative and inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. 

Mathematics is a creative and inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. 

It is essential to everyday life, critical to; science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment.  

At Iveson we deliver a high-quality Maths education that provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.  

Maths at Iveson offers our children a powerful way of growing and communicating as they learn to explore and explain their ideas using symbols, diagrams, and both spoken and written language.  

Studying mathematics stimulates curiosity, fosters creativity and equips children with the skills they need in school and life beyond. 

We are committed to promoting a love for reading and not only giving children opportunities to read in Guided Reading lessons, but in the wider curriculum too.

Iveson Primary School

Mathematics in the Early Years Foundation Stage  

The following statements are taken from the Statutory Framework for EYFS 


Developing a strong grounding in number is essential so that all children develop the necessary building blocks to excel mathematically. Children should be able to count confidently, develop a deep understanding of the numbers to 10, the relationships between them and the patterns within those numbers. By providing frequent and varied opportunities to build and apply this understanding – such as using manipulatives, including small pebbles and tens frames for organising counting – children will develop a secure base of knowledge and vocabulary from which mastery of mathematics is built. In addition, it is important that the curriculum includes rich opportunities for children to develop their spatial reasoning skills across all areas of mathematics including shape, space and measures. It is important that children develop positive attitudes and interests in mathematics, look for patterns and relationships, spot connections, ‘have a go’, talk to adults and peers about what they notice and not be afraid to make mistakes. 

Early Learning Goals 


ELG: Number  

Children at the expected level of development will: – Have a deep understanding of number to 10, including the composition of each number; 14 – Subitise (recognise quantities without counting) up to 5; – Automatically recall (without reference to rhymes, counting or other aids) number bonds up to 5 (including subtraction facts) and some number bonds to 10, including double facts.  

ELG: Numerical Patterns  

Children at the expected level of development will: – Verbally count beyond 20, recognising the pattern of the counting system; – Compare quantities up to 10 in different contexts, recognising when one quantity is greater than, less than or the same as the other quantity; – Explore and represent patterns within numbers up to 10, including evens and odds, double facts and how quantities can be distributed equally. 


JL “I’m good at maths, like see I’m five and that’s three and two, or four and one, or half of ten”

JG “Maths is all about numbers and things, I get to do lots of counting and adding and I like the games”

Year 1-

MS “I’m a maths magician”

RA “Maths is easy for me and it’s fun because I can use my numbers to help me get the answers”

Year 2-

ACB “Maths is my favourite lesson because it’s easy for me”

SB “I like doing maths because I can do some in my head and then I’m going to be as good as my big sisters”

Year 3-

LA “I get to use bigger numbers now and I can use different ways to do the adding and things”

PS “I’m really good at maths because I know all my number bonds and times tables so I can do lots in my head.”

Year 4-

TL “Maths is fun because you can do lots of different things with it”

UF “Maths is my favourite, but I like TTRockstars the best! I want to get a million coins”

Year 5-

KC “Maths is my favourite subject because it just makes sense and it’s easy when you know the basics and you then just use them to help you with the questions that are meant to be harder”

AP “I think Maths is really important and I’m glad that I’m really good at it so that I can use my maths skills to help me to become a doctor when I’m older”

Year 6-

HH “Maths is so satisfying when you work through every step so you just know you’ve got the right answer”

AY “I’ve always loved maths since I was in like Year one or two and I can’t wait to learn more of the higher level skills like algebra equations and stuff”

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