Overview of Key Stage 1 Maths Curriculum

Year 1 Maths

Year 2 Maths

Progression in Calculation


Supporting Maths at Home

We recently held a Maths workshop where parents from all year groups were invited to find out about the different ways we teach counting, addition and subtraction.  At the workshop we looked at the different models and methods we regularly use, such as how we use tens and ones resources, bar models and tens frames.  The aim of the session was to give parents / carers a better understanding of how we teach maths and how children can be supported at home.  You can find a copy of the presentation shared at the workshop in the link below.

Maths Workshop


For information on how to get started, please click on the following document.

Mathletics User Guide


Maths Day 2019

At the end of April, we held our annual Maths Day which the whole school really enjoyed.  The day started with many year groups inviting parents into classrooms to enjoy a variety of maths games and activities.  The children then went on to read the book Spinderella.  In the book the main character learns how important maths is and how without it many everyday things can be very hard.   For the rest of the day the children were involved in different maths activities linked to the book such as doubling and halving numbers, estimating and measuring time, cracking secret codes and solving puzzles.  The children had lots of fun!

Here is what some of our Year 2 children said about the day: 

I loved maths day because maths is my favourite subject.

I liked solving the maths puzzle because it was really hard.  I did not give up. I persevered.


Monthly Maths Challenge

Are you amazing at maths?

Can you solve really tricky maths problems?

At Burlington we have a Monthly Maths Challenge. Every month the children will be given a maths challenge which will be linked to the learning they are doing in class. The children may have to solve a problem, find the solution to a puzzle or practise a mathematical skill. 

The Maths Challenge will need to be completed and handed in to the class teacher by the end of the month. You can help support your child by using concrete materials or by encouraging them to use drawings and number sentences. 

Each month a winner from each year group will be pulled out of a draw and be awarded with a small prize and a certificate.

Good luck everyone! 


Maths priorities and how you can help

In KS1 at Burlington Infant and Nursery School, we support children to build their understanding of mathematical concepts (number, place value, calculation, shape and space, measurement) through the use of practical apparatus, drawings and pictures, discussion and problem solving. To enjoy maths you need to understand it.

In KS1, we are particularly keen to encourage fluency: where children can recall number facts (e.g. number bonds up to and including 10, 20, and 2/5/10 times tables) and can use them in different contexts and problems. We also encourage children to show and explain how they work out calculations and problems in their own ways, e.g. pictures, dots, tally marks, drawings of tens and units, empty number lines, counting on/back. This will help strengthen their ability to calculate mentally and not become over-reliant on 100 squares and number lines.

In the Early Years Foundation Stage we work to build a firm foundation of understanding number and counting. Children enjoy developing their mathematical skills through carefully planned role play and practical activities, with input from teachers to teach and consolidate new skills.

Below are some practical ideas to help your child with the different areas of Maths. This is a very important aspect of Maths and it will be really useful if you can use these ideas at home.

  • Count forwards and backwards starting at different numbers
  • Count objects (for younger children count a few objects, for older children group objects into tens and ones to count)
  • Play board games like Snakes and Ladders, Ludo, bingo that involve counting and opportunities for addition and subtraction.
  • Sing number songs together
  • Play games like dominoes where children have to recognise, count and match number/pattern of dots.
  • Play dice and card games.
  • Look for numbers whilst walking or on a journey count stairs, count buttons, count lampposts on a walk, count ‘red’ cars on a journey, add together numbers on a number plate etc.
  • Cut out numerals from newspapers and magazines and put in order.
  • Choose a shape of the week eg square or cuboid. How many times can you see it when at home, or when you are out? Can your child describe the shape to you by naming its properties?
  • Make up shape games. How quickly can you find 5 triangles in a particular room?
  • Make pictures with different shapes.
  • Allow your child to add up amounts of real money.
  • Encourage children to think about ‘change’. Ask them how much change they would get from 10p if they spent 5p etc.
  • Allow your child to pay for things at the supermarket and work out how much change they will get.
  • Involve your child in cooking. Look at numbers on scales and measuring jugs.
  • Ask questions eg Who’s the tallest/shortest in the family? Who is the oldest/youngest in the family? When shopping which is the lightest/heaviest item? … etc
  • Plan an outing during the holidays. Think about what time you will need to set off and how much money you will need to take.
  • Use a bus/train timetable to work out how long a journey between 2 places should take.


Below are a few useful websites your child can use at home, which support children’s learning at school.

Early Years

Top Marks Counting Games

Crick Web Early Years Learning Activities

ICT Games

(particularly Counting Caterpillar and More or Less)


Key Stage 1 - Years 1 and 2

Top Marks Maths Games

ICT Games

BBC Bitesize Maths

Interactive Maths Games

Crick Web KS1 Maths Games

Cool Math 4 Kids

(particularly addition and subtraction games)