Mathematics at Swing Gate Infant School and Nursery

The information on this page is designed to help you to help your child with their Maths learning in school and at home.

The first links below explain the Curriculum taught in school. The final link will take you to our Agreed Written Calculations Policy, which illustrates some of the methods used. 

Teaching and learning is based on the National Curriculum. The National Curriculum provides clear objectives for progression in learning Maths. Much time is spent on teaching mental calculation strategies. Informal written recording should take place regularly as it is an important part of learning and understanding. Formal written methods, which you may be more familiar with, should only follow when your child is able to use a wide range of mental calculation strategies.




Maths at Home

These are just a few ideas that you could try at home.


  • Main events of the day
  • Routine – what comes next?
  • Recipes and instructions
  • Getting dressed
  • Tying laces


  • Collections of objects – shells, stones, toys
  • Vehicles on a journey – How many red cars? How many Eddie Stobart lorries?
  • Animals in a field
  • Stairs up to bed
  • Sports scores
  • Counting whilst getting dressed- buttons, shoes, socks
  • Items in a shopping trolley

Beat the Clock

Time your child at a maths activity. See if they can beat their record. Alternatively, race them to see who can finish first.

  • Count back from… in jumps of...
  • Starting at… count in… to …
  • How long will it take you to answer… questions about…

This activity is particularly useful for quick recall of number bonds and times tables.

Number Games

Lots of games develop number skills. Here are just a few:

  • I Spy a number – in town/on a journey
  • Snakes and ladders
  • Dominoes
  • Cards – number sequences
  • Bingo
  • Darts
  • Monopoly