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Maths at Westhouses Primary School


At Westhouses Primary School, we know that it important to develop children’s mathematical confidence and fluency in a range of engaging and meaningful ways to ensure they are equipped to succeed in the future and in later employed life.


The aims of our provision are in line with those of the national curriculum for mathematics which ensure that all pupils:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately;
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, investigating relationships and making generalisations, as well as providing a justification or proof using mathematical language;
  • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

How do we plan and teach Maths at Westhouses Primary School?

We follow the Programmes of Study in the national curriculum for Mathematics which breaks learning initially into four strands. These are: number, measurement, geometry and statistics. By year 6, the additional strands of algebra and ratio & proportion are built into the Programmes of Study. School teaches a mastery curriculum focusing on firstly embedding understanding, delivered through the teaching of concrete, pictorial and abstract skills. Further practise ensures fluency in the skills. The skills are then mastered in deeper-thinking activities; this requires the application of skills to problem-solving, investigation and reasoning. Integral to all maths lessons is the teaching of efficient mental maths strategies.

We plan our schemes of learning using a variety of resources, but base our structure around the White Rose Maths schemes of learning, in conjunction with Aspire and Power Maths schemes of learning, all of which follow the 2014 national curriculum programmes of study strands. This allows us to ensure the children are able to tackle problems in a variety of ways and develop their reasoning and problem solving skills effectively.


In each class, we ensure there are a wide range of manipulatives (such as dienes, place value counters, number lines, number squares etc.) to support our children’s conceptual understanding of mathematics. We then move understanding on to pictorial and abstract representations, which allow children to become quicker and fluent mathematicians.


As a school, we have also bought into the MyMaths programme, which allows children to practice key skills through games and activities, which provide immediate feedback and can alert the class teacher to areas of strength and areas which require support. We also use the Maths of the Day programmes to encourage children to develop their skills through active exploration and play in all years.


How do we assess Maths?

Teachers continually assess children’s understanding through daily marking and feedback. This ensures that children are able to receive immediate intervention and support as required, as well as providing challenge for children who grasp concepts quicker. The children actively engage in ‘game board’ target sheets and are encouraged to identify areas of strength and their own personal next steps. We also use the NFER assessments and end of key stage tests (SATs) to identify gaps in knowledge and skills.



Multiplication and the Multiplication Check


At Westhouses Primary School, we place a bit emphasis on the importance of learning key number facts, including number bonds and multiplication tables. Throughout school, we use our weekly times table challenge to support and extend children's knowledge of tables alongside dedicated lessons in lower school to focus on the recall of key facts.


It has been announced that from 2020, children in Year 4 will take part in a times tables screening - this well test children's knowledge and fluency of all times tables. The test will be taken online and will comprise of questions from the 2 to 12 times table. Children will have six seconds to answer each question. We will receive the results and will be able to support children further who do not fluently know their multiplication tables. For more information about the tables check, please speak to Mr Weston or Mrs Whitby.


Please follow the link below to find some resources which may help you to support your child in learning their multiplication facts.

Calculation Policy


Please use the links below to see how we teach the four operations across the school. If you would like any more information or have any questions about these, please do not hesitate to ask your child's class teacher.

Calculation help videos

We have also create a set of calculation videos for parents and children to use at home when working with the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). Please use the following link to see these videos.

Year Group Planning


For information about what your children will be learning in each term, please see the documents below:

School and Subject Improvement


If you would like more information on how we are developing the teaching of Maths at Westhouses Primary School, please contact Mr Weston.