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Mathematics teaches us how to make sense of the world around us through developing a child’s ability to calculate, reason and to solve problems. It enables children to understand and appreciate relationships and pattern both in number and space in their everyday lives.

 In maths lessons we aim

  • To promote enjoyment and enthusiasm for learning through practical activity, exploration and discussion.
  • To develop logical thinking and reasoning skills through a natural curiosity and investigative approach.
  • To nurture positive attitudes, confidence and competence by matching the task to the child, and teaching children that “good mistakes” help you to learn.
  • To develop the ability to solve problems through decision-making and reasoning in a range of contexts. To encourage the children to apply their learning to everyday situations so that children understand the importance of mathematical skills in everyday life.
  • To explore features of shape and space, and develop measuring skills in a range of contexts placing importance on these skills.
  • To consistently emphasize and develop use of mathematical vocabulary.
  • To develop a practical understanding of the ways in which information is gathered and presented, including opportunities to record independently.
  • To challenge children through high expectations and equip children with the skills needed to rise to the challenge.

The National Curriculum (2014)  sets out what children need to know by the end of each year group, and puts emphasis on fluency, reasoning and deep understanding.

The curriculum is split into 10 strands, Number and  place value, addition and subtraction, Multiplication and Division, Fractions, Measurement, Ratio and Proportion, Geometry- properties of shape, Geometry position and direction , Statistics and Algebra. The emphasis though is heavily weighted towards all the number strands.

Written Calculation Policy 

Mental Maths

Year 1

Count to and across 100 forwards and backwards starting at different number

Count up and back in 2’s, 5’s, 10’s

Give one more and one less of a given number

Recognise pairs of numbers that make 10 and pairs that make 20

Know double of all numbers up to double 10

Year 2

Count up and back in 2,3,5 from 0

Count up and back in 10’s from any given number

Recall and use addition and subtraction facts within 20 fluently – e.g. rapid recall of facts such as 6+5 8+4 9+6 19-6 13-5 etc.

Become fluent in number families e.g. :7+3 = 10

                                                                       3+7 = 10

                                                                       10-3 = 7

                                                                       10-7 = 3

Adding strings of numbers like 2+5+3+1+2 = 13

Recall 2X table


Year 3

Count up in multiples of 4, 8, 50, 100

Rapidly recall 10 more, 10 less, 100 more, 100 less than a given number

Know 2, 3, 4, 8, 10X tables + related division fact


Year 4

Count up in multiples of 6, 7, 9, 25, 1000

Find 1000 more or less than a given number

Count back through 0 to include negative numbers

Know all tables, 12X tables and related division facts

Be fluent in knowing 3x7 = 21 so 30x7=210 etc.


Year 5

Continue in improving fluency in all of the tables and related divisions facts at speed


Year 6

Recall squares of numbers

Be fluent with 0.3 x 0.6 = 0.18   3 x 0.6 = 18 etc. by using tables knowledge