Year 1 Maths

In Year One the aim is to encourage the children to recognise that numbers are all around us. The children are supported to become confident in all areas of mathematics and begin using these skills as an integral part of everyday activities. Primarily this is achieved through active hands on maths lessons which often have an element of problem solving. When learning to count the children will have a range of fun apparatus to support their counting such as animals, teddies, counters and cubes. There is also a rich learning environment which boasts number lines which scaffolds children to begin recording their numbers correctly. The children will learn about the place value of numbers (tens and units), addition, subtraction, and shape this term.  There will be a big focus on learning number bonds to 10 (such as 4 + 6 = 10, 5 + 5 = 10), the story of numbers such as 4 + 5 = 9, 2 + 7 = 9) and counting in multiples of 2, 5 and 10, these underpin children’s learning throughout the year. We do this through exploration and rhymes to help them recall these important facts.  The children will be introduced to 2 and 2D shapes; thinking about their names and properties.


In the spring term the children are supported to record their maths, firstly by drawing pictures to help them solve problems, for example they might draw 5 flowers and cross out 3 to work out what 5 minus 3 would be. Later they record this as a number sentence: 5 - 3 = 2.  Some of the areas mentioned in the autumn term are revisited and the children’s knowledge and understanding is deepened through careful questioning and problem solving.  We will continue to build on mental maths skills, as well as work on time, measure, multiplication, division and fractions.  The children are exposed to a range of resources to support  their numeracy work such as numicon, number lines, number fans, 100 squares, ruler, scales, clocks etc.  Wherever possible, mathematical problems are linked to the children’s interests or everyday situations to make their learning more tangible with real life situations. 


The summer term once again revisit place value and the four operations already taught (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). OUr work on measure will focus on money, weight and volume.  At this stage in the year children will have learnt a range of strategies to problem solve and this term gives them the opportunities to hone these skills and apply them in a range of situations. The children will be more independent in recording their work and explaining how they have solved a problem to others. They will appreciate that there is often more than one solution but will feel confident in the method they choose to use.  We will also revist shape properties and names.