Maths Vision Statement
“To create confident and enthusiastic mathematicians who have an ability to work fluently, reason mathematically, and apply their knowledge to solve problems. We aim to help children build a true understanding of number and mastery of key mathematical concepts.”
More detailed information about our maths teaching at Linden can be found in our Maths Policy: Mathematics Policy
In Reception, we relate the mathematical aspects of the children’s work to the objectives set out in the Early Learning Goals, which underpin the curriculum planning for children aged three to five. We use White Rose Maths resources to support us in planning our Reception curriculum, though we follow our own internally planned curriculum structure.
The National Curriculum shows the objectives that your child must be taught in KS1 and KS2. Although the curriculum is broken down into year group objectives, primary schools can decide to teach them in different year groups as long as everything is covered in the correct key stage.
From September 2020, we are broadly following the White Rose Maths curriculum in KS1 and KS2. The White Rose curriculum is well planned and well resourced, being particularly strong in breaking National Curriculum year group criteria down into small-step objectives. Teachers will adapt and supplement the White Rose curriculum according to the needs of the children in their class. The documents in the table below show the White Rose curriculum alongside DfE Primary Maths Guidance issued following the coronavirus pandemic. The DfE guidance shows the most important aspects of maths to be learnt in each year group.
The following documents explain how White Rose Maths resources are used and how they progress through the school:
Addition and subtraction calculation policy
Multiplication and division calculation policy
National Curriculum progression
For intervention to support children who are having difficulty in maths, we use Number Stacks resources.
What can we do at home?
This blog by Third Space Learning contains some excellent advice on supporting your child with maths at home. Some of the most important things you can do are:
- talk about maths positively at home. Even if your own maths education doesn’t leave you with good memories, one of the best things you can do is give your child a positive outlook on maths so they believe they can do well (and everyone can!).
- look for everyday opportunities to practise maths, especially the basics like counting, addition and subtraction in reception and KS1, and times tables in KS2.
- help your child to complete their homework.
In addition to the above, the school is currently subscribed to 2 online platforms: Times Tables Rockstars and Maths Shed.
- Times Table Rockstars allows children to practise their times tables in a variety of ways, including competing against their friends. Teachers can set particular times tables to practice or children can work on all their facts up to 12 x 12.
- Maths Shed provides questions on some important aspects of maths like times tables and number bonds. Children can also tackle questions from across the maths curriculum in the ‘Lessons’ section.
For further information, please ask your child's teacher or send a query to the school office.
In KS2, weekly homework is set on Times Table Rockstars – children are expected to complete 20 games each week, which are easily accessed when they log in.
- Here are some useful websites for further information and for practising maths at home:
Glow Maths Hub – GlowMaths is our local maths hub, part of a national network of hubs to support maths teaching across the country. We have worked regularly with GlowMaths in recent years.
TopMarks – Online maths games
CIMT – Online worksheets
Corbett Maths – Online worksheets and videos (particularly useful for upper KS2)
Maths Zone – Online maths games
BBC Bitesize – Online games and revision
MathsBot – Online resources
Some of our partners:
Maths Curriculum Handbook