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Mathematics at Chapel Break Infant School


Mathematics is a creative and highly 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. A high-quality mathematics education therefore 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. – National Curriculum 2014


The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils become fluent, reason mathematically and can solve problems.


This outline sets out the outcomes of learning for individual strands of the 2014 National Curriculum for mathematics.  At Chapel Break we use four areas of mathematical learning known as Number Sense, Additive Reasoning, Multiplicative Reasoning and Geometric Reasoning.  Each area consists of learning objectives which link and build together (from the strands in the NC) so that children can combine their learning. This is to encourage children to use what they know and understand rather than treating each area of maths as separate and unconnected. Each area is visited once every term.


Click Titles to see in more detail;


Year 1


Number Sense     Additive Reasoning     Multiplicative Reasoning     Geometric Reasoning 


Year 2 


Number Sense     Additive Reasoning      Multiplicative Reasoning      Geometric Reasoning



Within lessons we aim for children to improve their fluency of skills through practice, justify their answers through using a wide range of mathematical language and problem solve by applying their understanding of different situations.  


How Can you help your child at home?

Your child may be learning methods in mathematics which differ from those you remember learning. You will be supporting your child if you continue to support the same methods they are being taught at school. Please see the above links to the calculation policy and ask your child to show you what they have been doing too.  Making maths fun and lots of praise and encouragement will help to keep your child motivated.

The links below give some ideas on:


How to practise number facts

Real life problems

Counting ideas