Progression in primary maths. Teaching and learning

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  • 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.
  • At Great Barr Primary School Birmingham, independent play-based experiences are at the heart of young children's mathematical development in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Lower Phase Leader Amanda McKenna believes that maths learning should be fun and part of everyday experiences.In this programme we look at how maths learning for both nursery and reception children is supported by careful observation and planning by practitioners. Their current focus is geared towards supporting children to become independent mathematical problem solvers, with the development of skills such as number recognition, number ordering and calculation. Practitioners demonstrate how they assess the children through day to day observations, and then how these observations feed into staff meetings and consequently future planning.The school firmly believes that if they can motivate children to enjoy maths from an early age, then this will impact on learning throughout the whole school.


  • Title from resource description page (viewed Mar. 5, 2012).
  • Previously released as DVD.
  • This edition in English.


  • Early years foundation stage -- key stage one
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