Mathematics at Key Stage 1 (KS1)

In UK schools, pupils will be taught a very practical and “hands on” approach to maths at Key Stage 1 (KS1).

They will first be introduced to the basic foundations of everyday mathematics – counting, whole numbers and place value.

Shapes will be introduced at this stage and students will be encouraged to recognise, describe, draw, compare and sort them using mathematical vocabulary, working both in groups and independently.

Pupils will also be working on what teachers refer to as “the four operations” – addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

It is important to help your young learner to develop confidence and mental calculation strategies.  They will use practical objects to compare and describe length, mass, volume, money and time and will record their findings using basic charts.

By the end of year 2, pupils should have a good understanding of place value.  They will also have been taught the number bonds to 20.

These strategies act as preparation for the year two SATS where arithmetic, problem solving, and reasoning are the key elements being tested.

Below are a selection of text books to support teaching mathematics at Key Stage 1.

Reception, Year One & Year Two Mathematics Books.

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