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Supporting your mathematician

Supporting your mathematician

The ability to count and understand place value underpins a lot of the mathematics in the new National Curriculum.  At All Saints, counting is taught from early years to year 6.  We believe counting develops children’s fluency with number and allows them to make links, spot patterns and build their conceptual understanding of place value.  Across the school, we plan for counting to be active, fun and visual in order to support the children in building mental pictorial images which they can draw on when learning about other areas of mathematics.   We believe that planning in opportunities to physically count out real apples in year R to counting fractions in a real chocolate bar is crucial for the development of children’s purpose for using numbers.

Another element of counting is learning number facts, especially the times tables.  Times tables feature very strongly throughout the National Curriculum to support learning with division, fractions, decimals and percentages in upper Key Stage 2.

The programme for teaching and learning of counting is as follows;

Progression in counting (end of age related expectations, ARE)

Foundation Stage

Year R

  • I can count reliably with numbers from 1 to 20


Key Stage 1

Year 1

  • I can count forwards in 1s to 100 and backwards from 100 to 0
  • I can count in multiples of 2, 5 and 10

Year 2

  • I can count forwards and backwards in multiples of 2s, 3, and 5s
  • I can count in 10s from any number

(i.e. 13, 23, 33, 43)

Lower Key Sage 2

Year 3

  • I can count in multiples of 4, 8, 50 and 100

Year 4

  • count in multiples of 6, 7, 9, 25 and 1000
  • count in negative and positive values

Upper Key Stage 2

Year 5

  • count forwards or backwards in steps of powers of 10 for any given number up to 1 000 000
  • count in fractions (i.e. counting in quarters, halves, thirds)
  • count in decimals to 1 decimal place

Year 6

  • count forwards or backwards in steps of powers of 10 for any given number up to 1 000 000
  • count in fractions (i.e. count in 2/3 for example 2/3, 1 1/3, 2, 2 2/3 )
  • count in decimals to 3 decimal places


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