Throughout the school there is a focus on learning maths using practical objects, then pictorial recording before teaching children symbolic recording.  We encourage children to explain how they arrived at a specific answer, and compare different ways of calculating to decide which is the most effective. This ‘mathematical reasoning’ is a significant part of the maths curriculum and enables us to find our whether children really understand what they are doing and why. In Years 1 and 2 we follow the 'Maths No Problem' scheme, also known as 'Singapore Maths', which has been written specifically to prepare children for the demands of the National Curriculum for Mathematics.