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At Furze Platt Infant School we believe that children learn best and teachers teach best when…

  • They feel safe and secure
  • They know what is expected of them
  • They feel respected and listened to
  • They are praised whenever possible
  • They are supported to achieve


In order to gain the excellence that we strive for, our environment, our teaching and our learning must reflect and support our principles.


We know children learn best when they are…

  • doing rather than being told
  • actively involved and interested
  • supported by a knowledgeable and trusted adults



The Early Years Foundation Stage

The statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to five. The reformed EYFS, effective from September 2012, consists of three prime areas of learning and development and four specific areas.  


Prime areas

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language


Specific areas
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

The National Curriculum for Key Stage One

At Furze Platt Infant School, learning and teaching is provided through topic based themes.  This enables learning to be creative, stimulating, knowledgeable and skills based.  Through different topics and themes, the children in Years One and Two, will be taught the National Curriculum and will study:

  • English 
  • Maths 
  • Science
  • Computing 
  • Religious Education
  • History
  • Geography
  • Design Technology
  • Art
  • Music
  • Physical Education

This calculation policy has been created to meet the expectations of the National Curriculum. The new curriculum focuses on skills and mastery and is not about moving children on to the next method as soon as they can do the one before. Working on more complex and richer problems rather than new methods will support this ‘mastering’ of maths. 


This policy has been produced to inform all staff, parents, carers and Governors of the methods used in school in the teaching of Mathematical calculations.  Please take time to look at the models and ideas for each calculation area and how these develop from practical activities to written forms.