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St George’s is committed to the engaging and focussed delivery of Mathematics across the age ranges and curriculum. For children to access the majority of their learning in Maths, a strong and confident grasp of the four number operations is important; using formal and informal written methods and mental strategies.

We use concrete apparatus such as numicon and pictorial representations to develop deep, conceptual understanding of mathematical ideas, as well as providing children with various word problems which encourages them to apply their learning and discuss their mathematical concepts.


The New National Curriculum for Mathematics was published on 11th September 2013 and is available to download:

Calculation Methods (EYFS to Year 6)


• Count out each set of numbers to find the total (using counters)
• Count on from the largest number using a number line
• Partition numbers and adding the tens first (for example 56 + 37 = (50 + 30) + (6 + 7) = 80 + 13 = 93)
• Addition using the formal written column method


• Count out each set of numbers and remove a given number (using counters)
• Count back on a number line
• Partition numbers and counting back in tens
• Subtraction using the formal written column method


• Using visual stimulus and multiplying in twos, fives and tens
• Use arrays and number lines to count in multiples
• Multiply numbers by using a partitioning grid
• Multiply numbers using a compact method (written column method)


• Use arrays to find groups of numbers
• Use known multiplication facts and partition numbers
• Short division using the bus stop method
• Long division using the formal written method 


Ongoing Practice in Maths

  • Children are given the opportunity to estimate before calculating an answer.
  • Children are given the opportunity to determine if a calculation can be done in their head or use a written method.
  • Children should check their answer (for example by using the inverse operation).
  • Children should practise their multiplication and corresponding division facts (up to and including 12 x 12) until they know them off by heart.
  • Teachers encourage children to use alternative, secure methods to check their answers and draw links.
  • Teachers use models and images to support the learning of written and mental methods of calculation.
  • Regular dialogue where pupils can self-assess their learning and also respond to feedback in their books.
  • Children participate in basic skills sessions to secure their understanding of the four rules.

Mathematics Activities, Initiatives and Resources

During Maths lessons, children have the opportunity to work together; in groups or pairs, as well as independently to complete activities.

One of the many resources teachers use for lessons is MyMaths. It is a fully interactive, online Mathematics learning solution for children of all ages and abilities. My Maths is used in lessons and to set homework for classes and Maths groups regularly. It helps the children to develop their understanding of Mathematics through a variety of engaging activities, games and assessments.


Some of the Mathematical apps and programmes used include:
• Doodle Maths
• Hit the Button
• Primary Games
• My Maths

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