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The National Curriculum expectations for Mathematics are very clear. As a school we use this to plan lessons and ensure coverage. We use learning from maths projects which include the ‘White Rose Foundation’ and Singapore mathematics. Regular tests reveal areas which the class, group or individual, needs to cover in order to meet the objectives for their particular year group.  Regular tests highlight gaps in learning which are used to plan for weekly feedback sessions and help drill and embed key skills in number and calculation.  Using this approach children are easily tracked, they are aware of how well they are doing and planning and interventions are tailored to need.

We are keen that our pupils are able to use their maths in real life and practical contexts. Where possible practical and problem solving sessions are also used to evaluate pupil thinking and learning processes.


We have adopted the White Rose Calculation procedure to ensure children move from requiring concrete apparatus, through to pictorial and finally have an abstract understanding of number and calculation. We promote the use of bar models to help problem solve pictorially .


The aim is that when children leave school they:

  • Have a secure knowledge of number facts and a good understanding of the four calculation operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division)
  • Make use of jottings, diagrams and informal notes to help record steps and part answers when using mental methods that generate more information than can be kept in their heads
  • Have an efficient, reliable, written method of calculation for each operation that they are able to apply with confidence when they are unable to perform a calculation mentally


In order to ensure  pupils rehearse and embed key learning, we expect a daily review to take place in maths. In the Early Years and KS1, this is known as 15 minute maths and in KS2, this is a daily drill of basic calculation.


Moreover, we are keen to use online technologies to aid pupils to embed key facts. For example: Times table rockstars and Learning by Questions.


For information on the methods we use for calculation please see the Calculation procedure.