Spire Nursery & Infants School

Spire Nursery & Infants School

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  1. Curriculum
  2. Maths


Mathematics Statement of INTENT

Why do we teach this? Why do we teach it in the way we do?

Mathematics is an important creative discipline that helps us to understand and change the world. We want all pupils at Spire to experience the beauty, power and enjoyment of mathematics and develop a sense of curiosity about the subject with a clear understanding.

At Spire, we foster positive attitudes which promote the fact that ‘We can all do maths!’ We believe all pupils can achieve, so at Spire we teach through small, manageable steps. We take a Mastery approach to ensure that our pupils acquire a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of mathematics.

We aim for all pupils to:

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics so that they develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately across all areas of the curriculum
  • Be able to solve problems by applying their skills and knowledge to a variety of situations, both routine and non-routine. Linking mathematics to real-life scenarios is what we strive to achieve.
  • Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and develop and present a justification, argument or proof using mathematical language.

Please find below some toolkits to help your child at home:

Reception Maths Toolkit

Year 1 Maths Toolkit

Year 2 Maths Toolkit


At Spire, our aim is to implement this INTENT through quality first Teaching & Learning.





  • Begin to understand quantity (language e.g. more)
  • Recite numbers in correct sequence
  • Organise and categorise
  • Compare quantities
  • Count with 1:1 correspondence
  • Shape, Space, Measure (SSM)
    • Language of size
    • Understand routines
    • Notice shapes and patterns
    • Make arrangements with blocks and shapes








  • Autumn 1 - Numbers to 5
  • Autumn 2 - Numbers to 10
  • Spring 3/4 - Teen numbers to 20
  • Represent numbers (0-20)
  • Partition and estimate amounts (0-20)
  • Count reliably with numbers 1-20 and place in order
  • Use objects to add and subtract (single digit numbers)
  • Find one more, one less (0-20) - use language more and fewer
  • Count on and back to find the answer
  • Double, halve and share using objects
  • Name and describe common 2D and 3D shapes
  • Describe positional language
  • Order 2 or 3 items by weight, height, length and capacity
  • Use everyday language related to time
  • Sequence events
  • Measure short periods of time in different ways
  • Use everyday language for money
  • Use knowledge of space, shape and measure to solve problems






  • Compare and order amounts using signs >< (greater than or less than)
  • Find and use number bond to 10 facts
  • Place value - count to; 10/20/50/100 forwards and backwards
  • Find 1 more and 1 less than a given number practically, using a number line and a hundred square 
  • Addition and subtraction
  • Identify, name and describe the properties of 2D/3D shapes
  • Counting in 2s, 5s & 10s
  • Measure - compare weight, capacity, length and height amounts and measure using non-standard and standard units 
  • Fractions - halves and quarters of objects and amounts
  • Problem solve and reason - solve problems involving addition, subtraction, doubles, halves and quarters.
  • Position and direction - Left and right and turns; 1/2, 1/4 and 3/4 and whole turns
  • Time - o'clock, half-past and quarter past on a clock
  • Money - make amounts using pence, find and make different amounts. 









  • Place value - Count to and across 100 both forwards and backwards
  • Partition numbers - Partitioning into tens and ones
  • Counting in 2s, 5s & 10s
  • Compare numbers
  • Read and write numbers to 100 in numerals and words
  • Represent numbers
  • Addition and subtraction 
  • Recall and use addition and subtraction facts to 20 and related facts to 100.
  • Money - Recognise and use p/£ and find and make different amounts
  • Multiplication and Division - Recall and use multiplication and division facts for 2's, 5's and 10's
  • Geometry - Identify, name and describe the properties of 2D/3D shapes
  • Measuring - Read, record, compare and order length, height, temperature and capacity
  • Time - Tell & write time to 5 mins including 1/4 past, 1/2 past, o'clock. 
  • Fractions - Recognise, find and write 1/2, 1/4, 1/3, 2/4, 3/4 of length, shape, quantity
  • Statistics - Create and interpret pictograms, tally charts and tables
  • Position/direction - Use mathematical vocabulary to describe  1/4, 1/2, 3/4 and whole turns.
  • Problem solving and reasoning - Solve problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, money and measures



Maths Curriculum Map
Maths Policy
Calculations Policy
Barriers to Learning