Course Outline

Overview

Math comes under the specific area of the Early Years Foundation Stage. The Math Syllabus at GEMS Wesgreen International Primary School aims to support students to develop to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measure.

Learning Outcomes

The aims of all subjects state what a teacher may expect to teach and what a student may expect to experience and learn. These aims suggest how the student may be changed by the learning experience.

The aims of the Math Syllabus are to encourage and enable students to:

• Select a small number of objects from a group when asked, for example ‘please give me one’
• Recite some number names in sequence
• Notice simple shapes and patterns in pictures
• Build on a basic understanding of time: putting familiar events in sequence; measuring time
• Beginning to categorise objects according to their properties
• Use some number names and number language spontaneously
• Use some number names accurately in play
• Shows an interest in shape and space by playing with shapes or making arrangements with objects
• Shows awareness of similarities of shapes in the environment
• Separates a group of three or four objects in different ways
• Shows an interest in representing numbers
• Uses shapes appropriately during tasks
• Beginning to use mathematical names for shapes

Ongoing Objectives

There are objectives that are covered and built upon throughout the year.

Numbers

• Uses some number names and number language spontaneously.
• Uses some number names accurately in play.
• Recites numbers in order to 10.
• Knows that numbers identify how many objects are in a set.
• Beginning to represent numbers using fingers, marks on paper or pictures.
• Sometimes matches numeral and quantity correctly.
• Shows curiosity about numbers by offering comments or asking questions.
• Compares two groups of objects, saying when they have the same number.
• Shows an interest in number problems.
• Separates a group of three or four objects in different ways, beginning to recognise that the total is still the same.
• Shows an interest in numerals in the environment.
• Shows an interest in representing numbers.
• Realises not only objects, but anything can be counted, including steps, claps or jumps.

Shape, space and measures

• Shows an interest in shape and space by playing with shapes or making arrangements with objects.
• Shows awareness of similarities of shapes in the environment.
• Uses positional language.
• Shows interest in shape by sustained construction activity or by talking about shapes or arrangements.
• Shows interest in shapes in the environment.
• Uses shapes appropriately for tasks. • Beginning to talk about the shapes of everyday objects,e.g. ‘round’ and ‘tall’.

Assessment

Formative: Throughout the year, staff will observe children on a daily basis during child-initiated play and adult led interactions. The observations will help inform next steps and planning.