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At Hillside infant school we promote the learning maths skills through many areas.


Early Years Foundation Stage

Early number concepts are part of every day learning within the Early Years

By the end of reception children should be able to count reliably with numbers from 1 to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number. Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer. They solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing.

Children use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems. They recognise, create and describe patterns. They explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them.

Parents are encouraged to support their child’s learning by playing games, asking their child to help with daily activities such as laying the table, paying for items when shopping, identifying numbers and encouraging the use of mathematical vocabulary.


Key Stage 1

Children use and apply their mathematical knowledge and skills in a wide variety of contexts, within the maths lesson and throughout the curriculum. We make links and contextualise the concepts in order to support the children to transfer and embed their learning.

The maths curriculum in school is based on the National Curriculum and covers:

• The number system

• Calculation

• Handling data

• Shapes

• Space and measurement

It is vital for all adults to have a positive attitude towards maths and to inspire their children to feel that maths is a fun, enjoyable and important part of everyday life.

At Hillside Infant School, each child In Key Stage 1 works through key number maths targets, (see attachment) which are to be practiced at home and tested in school. We have now developed a challenge targets to support children working at high levels within year 2.

Resources to support home learning are sent home in homework packs.

Ways to help at home: 


Below are some useful links to follow which can help your child at home. 

Please take the time to open the attachments below for further information on the targets we use in school.