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Maths Provision - Maths Provision

Maths Provision



Curriculum Overview
Maths is taught across the school in daily maths lessons and through cross curricular links within our topics.  The 2014 National Curriculum aims to ensure all pupils become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, reason mathematically and can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems. 

Manipulatives and resources are used across the year groups so that children can have concrete experiences that enable them to create visual images. There is a progression of mental and written calculations across the different year groups which can be seen on the link below.  Children are encouraged to articulate their learning and to become pattern spotters and be resilient when problem solving. We recognise that maths should be taught in a practical and meaningful way, linked to everyday life through our Big Questions. 

Maths curriculum 

Calculation Policy 

The Big Question

This problem solving approach starts with a question to challenge the children. The children will then spend some time learning the skills to solve the problem that was presented to them. When solving the problem, the children will have a chance to apply their knowledge and understanding while building on their existing skills. Teachers work hard to ensure that these problems link to 'real life' and can be transferred to different learning experiences.

Maths Meetings

Every day, in addition to the children's maths lessons, they will take part in a Maths Meeting. These sessions are based on key mathematical skills (e.g. counting, times tables and representing numbers) and children are given the opportunity to practise these skills. Teachers provide a range of activities during these sessions where they can go over different elements that children in the class may have struggled with. In doing this, we have seen that children are more confident with their key skills and can apply these to their maths lessons.

Maths Targets

Children are set maths targets that are linked to the areas covered by the Big Question. At the start of every new topic children given a 'green' assessment and targets will be set using the results of this. For example, if the children are learning about addition and subtraction then their maths target will link to this. These are stuck into the child's book and made reference to throughout the Big Question. When the children complete the Big Question, they will complete a 'pink' assessment where they can demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the objectives covered.

Home Learning

Every Tuesday, children in Key Stage Two receive four calculations to complete. The children should use the methods that they have learnt in class. In addition to this, children receive a piece of maths home learning on a Friday every other week. This will link to the objectives that the children have been looking at that week.  It is essential that children complete these tasks so that they can refine their use of written methods. In the new curriculum, there is an emphasis on using written methods. At the end of year six, children will sit a Mental Arithmetic Paper which will focus on their use of written methods across different topics.

 If you or your child is unsure about which methods to use, then please let your child's class teacher know and they will be able to support you with this.


As a school we use Mathletics to help improve basic skills and speed of recall of important facts. Every child has their own username and password and is given opportunities to use it in lessons, early morning activities, lunchtime clubs and as home learning. Tasks are set by the class teacher and children are able to play against each other and others from around the world in Live Mathletics.

Children can gain bronze, silver and gold certificates which are celebrated at school. Certificates are given out weekly in Key Stage assemblies and a certificate and marbles are awarded to the class who have the most certificates each week.

Maths at Home

By the end of year four, all children should know all of their times tables up to 12 x 12. Although children will have a chance to learn and practise these at school, it must be supported by regular practice at home. There are many different ways to practise times tables with your child and a varied diet of different methods will support children to become fluent in this skill.
These include:

  • Learning Times table songs. These are available online or to buy on cds and can also be found on Mathletics.
  • Practising a couple of multiplication calculations each night and building up a times table throughout the week.
  • Completing times table grids.
  • Displaying times tables around the house as a constant reminder.
  • Playing times table games at home.
  • Chanting times tables when walking up the stairs.

How else can I help my child?

  • Talking about maths that is happening in the 'real world' (e.g. if there are large numbers on TV, can they read them? Do they know what 100 more/100 less would be etc.)
  • Regularly practising written methods.
  • Letting your child have some responsibility over money and buying things using correct change at the shop.
  • Buying your child a watch and encouraging them to tell the time.
  • Playing maths games (e.g. Battleships or countdown)

Below is a link to different ideas and activities which you could do with your child at home.

Activities at home 
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Year 3
Year 4
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Year 6 


Shawley School Award Winners

We have recently started awarding children with VIP (Very Important Pupil) Lanyards when they have excelled at something. We are particularly looking for children who promote the school values and are excellent role models to others in terms of following the school rules.

Our most recent VIP awards have gone to:

Skarlett (Chestnut) - for always being kind, thoughtful and caring towards everyone. She is a supportive and encouraging learning partner who is always polite and helpful.

Georgia (Fir) - for the kindness she shows to others. She has a thoughtful nature, beautiful manners and is friendly to everyone. Georgia displays an excellent attitude towards learning and takes pride and care with all aspects of her work. 

Hannah (Oak) - who has been recognised for being consistently hard working, polite, helpful and kind. She is an excellent role model and a delight to have in Oak class!

Ollie (Fir) - who demonstrates an excellent attitude to learning. He is a kind and thoughtful learning patner who stays focussed and on task.

Amy M (Elm) - who treats everyone with respect. She is thoughtful and consistently kind to others. Amy always endeavours to produce her best work and should be incredibly proud of the standard of work she achieves. She is a real delight to have in class and all adults who have been teaching her have noticed her for her efforts!

Keeley-Rose (Fir) - has been recognised for being an excellent learning partner and showing kindness to all.  She is a thoughtful friend and is an excellent role model in the way that she follows the school rules. Keeley-Rose always completes tasks to the best of her ability.

Molly (Beech) - is a great asset to her class. She is always enthusiastic and keen to learn and puts 100% effort into all of her work. Molly is always kind and caring towards her peers, is a supportive learning partner and is helpful around the classroom.

Ella (Fir) - has been recognised for being an excellent role model in the classroom. She is caring, thoughtful and always ready to help when needed. Ella takes her learning seriously and applies a hard working approach.

Ellie-Mae (Elm) - has been recognised for the support she offered during the girls football tournament last week. She was such an encouragement to others, picking up players who were down and reassuring them if they had not scored or not saved a goal. This thoughtfulness to others was a pleasure to see, thank you Ellie-Mae.

Maths Provision - Maths Provision


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