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Our mathematics vision is to deepen the children's mathematical understanding through a mastery approach.




Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.




At Alwoodley Primary School, we aim to make children’s learning in mathematics relevant, practical, creative, exciting and engaging. Mathematics teaches children to calculate, communicate, reason and solve problems. It enables children to understand and appreciate relationships and pattern in both number and space in their everyday lives. We aim for children to achieve their fullest potential in this subject.

Long Term Plans

Progression in mathematics throughout school - mapping objectives

Year by year objective overviews

SMSC in Mathematics

Calculation Policy


Our maths lessons incorporate the key principles of teaching for mastery. We take the whole class through the mathematics in small steps to build deep understanding. We ask children to reason, discuss and connect their mathematics using mathematical vocabulary and a range of representations to show mathematical concepts and relationships. We expect children to develop fluency with their recall, and use of key number facts including addition pairs and multiplication facts. We challenge children by asking them to reason about and apply their mathematics, and to identify common errors and misconceptions.

The essence of Maths teaching for mastery

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Helping your child learn Maths at home

When it comes to times tables, speed AND accuracy are important – the more facts your child remembers, the easier it is for them to do harder calculations. Times Table Rock Stars is a fun and challenging programme designed to help pupils master the times tables. To be a Times Table Rock Star you need to answer any multiplication fact up to 12×12 in less than 3 seconds!


All children from Years 2 - 6 should now have a password and be using them at home and school. 


To begin with, if you need more than 10 seconds to answer questions correctly, you are a rock 'wannabe'.


You will climb up the ladder of rock stardom as you get quicker at answering questions accurately - so 6 seconds or less you will become a 'breakthrough artist' and at 4 seconds or less you will become a 'headliner'.


Your aim is to become a 'rock star' - you will achieve this when you can answer times tables questions correctly in 3 seconds or less. If your recall becomes even quicker you can become a 'rock hero' and, finally, a 'rock god'!


At Alwoodley we use Mathletics as part of our mathematics teaching at school. Mathletics is a targeted, rewarding and captivating online learning resource, which is aligned to curriculum standards. Children in Years 3 - 6 have take-home access to Mathletics – they simply sign in with their school username and password using any compatible computer or mobile device. The extra Mathletics practice at home can make all the difference to their progress. We encourage children to achieve a weekly target of 1000 points as part of their homework. 

Active Maths

At Alwoodley Primary School, we focus on having fun in Maths, learning in real life situations and solving problems. We enjoy taking our learning outside by exploring maths trails and doing active maths. We use current events to make our learning meaningful. We are also committed to getting active in our maths lessons as part of our commitment to being a healthy school. 


Maths of the Day - Let's Get Active!

If you fancy getting doing some active maths at home, you could check out the Jack Hartmann maths videos on his YouTube channel (particularly for teaching times tables and counting).


This website has great ideas for active maths including some Key Stage 2 ideas for percentages and negative numbers. If you have a football fan, they might particularly like it!

Mathematics in the Early Years


In Nursery and Reception, we ensure that children experience maths in all areas of learning. As children work and play, there are always opportunities to develop maths skills.

We learn about numbers and their value in so many different ways.
In Early Years, the children have fun learning about numbers as they sing number songs using puppets, books, numbers and mini world resources. 
Role play areas enable children to use maths in real life situations.




We use TenTown in Nursery through to year one. This is a scheme that introduces numbers 0 -21 by learning a story for each number and learning a rhyme to help us with number formation.



You can get involved as Parents at:

Little Big Maths


We also follow the scheme Little Big Maths in Reception. This scheme links to the Early Years curriculum and breaks it into achievable steps. This begins with getting children use to 'amounts' of objects, which leads to 'counting', then to 'learn it' which is done by fun games and songs. Finally we apply this to 'calculations' which is to understand additions, subtractions and multiplications. 

In Reception we use TenTown as our reward for doing WOW work.

Mathematics in Key Stage 1

Maths - using the mirror to find the line of symmetry

Year 2 - playing an odd and even game

Year 2 - Making equal groups for multiplication

Year 2 - Working on place value

Year 1 - Money problem solving

Year 1 ordering numbers

Year 1 - shape work

Year 1 - using tens frame to cross the 10 boundary

Year 1 - properties of 3d shapes

Year 2 - using place value counters and tens frames to find number bonds to 100.

Year 1 - Outdoor Maths! Solving missing number questions with Numicon.

Year 1 - using a bridge map!

Year 2 - using a bar model to find a quarter of a number.



Mathematics in the Key Stage 2

In years 3,4 and 5. The classes have 'working walls' for maths. This helps the children to work independently remembering  the skills that they have learnt and how to apply them using their mathematical skills.








Throughout Key Stage 2 they use 'Mathletics' to challenge themselves and compete against other children from different schools and countries.


Year 3 - place value work

Year 3 - Diving for depth. Show me answers

Year 5 - equivalent fractions

Some of our Year Three children using multilink to make fractions equivalent to a half

Year 4 - finding the area

Year 4 - making fraction walls

Year 4 - dividing by 10

Year Four use Bridge Map for Roman Numerals

Children in Year Three made a poster to explain what perimeter is and what it is not

Year 3 - addition using place value charts

Maths in Year Five

Year Four use multilink to calculate area

Mathematics Curriculum Overview

If you have any questions regarding the curriculum we teach please contact the school directly.