Ladygrove Primary School

Maths

We view mathematics as a creative and highly interconnected subject essential to everyday life, science, technology and engineering, and necessary for most forms of employment.

At Ladygrove, our aims are to ensure all our pupils:

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics;
  • Have the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately to a range of mathematical problems and situations;
  • Reason mathematically using appropriate mathematical language;
  • Solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication.

Our School Curriculum

The programmes of study for mathematics are set out weekly and teachers have flexibility to teach the objectives in an order which meets the needs of pupils following their formative assessment and pupils’ mastery of concepts. Pupils are grouped according to their ability and a 3-part lesson is followed including an oral and mental starter, a main teaching activity and a plenary which provides time to reason, justify and extend the learning intentions of the lesson.

Key Stage One

The principal focus of mathematics teaching in key stage 1 is to ensure that pupils develop confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value. This should involve working with numerals, words and the four operations, including with practical resources [for example, concrete objects and measuring tools].

At this stage, pupils should develop their ability to recognise, describe, draw, compare and sort different shapes and use the related vocabulary. Teaching should also involve using a range of measures to describe and compare different quantities such as length, mass, capacity/volume, time and money.


By the end of year 2, pupils should know the number bonds to 20 and be precise in using and understanding place value. An emphasis on practice at this early stage will aid fluency. Pupils should read and spell mathematical vocabulary, at a level consistent with their increasing word reading and spelling knowledge at key stage 1.

Lower Key Stage Two – Year 3 and 4

The principal focus of mathematics teaching in lower key stage 2 is to ensure that pupils become increasingly fluent with whole numbers and the four operations, including number facts and the concept of place value. This should ensure that pupils develop efficient written and mental methods and perform calculations accurately with increasingly large whole numbers.
At this stage, pupils should develop their ability to solve a range of problems, including with simple fractions and decimal place value. Teaching should also ensure that pupils draw with increasing accuracy and develop mathematical reasoning so they can analyse shapes and their properties, and confidently describe the relationships between them.


It should ensure that they can use measuring instruments with accuracy and make connections between measure and number.The principal focus of mathematics teaching in lower key stage 2 is to ensure that pupils become increasingly fluent with whole numbers and the four operations, including number facts and the concept of place value. This should ensure that pupils develop efficient written and mental methods and perform calculations accurately with increasingly large whole numbers.
At this stage, pupils should develop their ability to solve a range of problems, including with simple fractions and decimal place value. Teaching should also ensure that pupils draw with increasing accuracy and develop mathematical reasoning so they can analyse shapes and their properties, and confidently describe the relationships between them. It should ensure that they can use measuring instruments with accuracy and make connections between measure and number.
By the end of year 4, pupils should have memorised their multiplication tables up to and including the 12 multiplication table and show precision and fluency in their work.
Pupils should read and spell mathematical vocabulary correctly and confidently, using their growing word reading knowledge and their knowledge of spelling.

Upper Key Stage Two – Year 5 and 6

The principal focus of mathematics teaching in upper key stage 2 is to ensure that pupils extend their understanding of the number system and place value to include larger integers. This should develop the connections that pupils make between multiplication and division with fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio.

At this stage, pupils should develop their ability to solve a wider range of problems, including increasingly complex properties of numbers and arithmetic, and problems demanding efficient written and mental methods of calculation. With this foundation in arithmetic, pupils are introduced to the language of algebra as a means for solving a variety of problems. Teaching in geometry and measures should consolidate and extend knowledge developed in number. Teaching should also ensure that pupils classify shapes with increasingly complex geometric properties and that they learn the vocabulary they need to describe them.
By the end of year 6, pupils should be fluent in written methods for all four operations, including long multiplication and division, and in working with fractions, decimals and percentages.

Mathletics at Ladygrove

In December 2016 we trialled Mathletics within the Year 5 and 6 classes. After this initial trial we have launched the membership across the school. Mathletics is an online mathematical learning resource aimed at children from Reception up to Year 6. It aims to help children to love learning maths and improve their skills in a fun and engaging way.

Make maths fun!

Your child should be familiar with their personal username and password for this school year by now so please ask them about it. Once logged in they will be able to choose from the whole range of maths curriculum topic areas to practise or they can have fun challenging themselves on Live Mathletics against opponents from other countries worldwide.
Your child’s teacher will be setting homework for them using the resource. During the trial it was seen that the percentage of children completing homework significantly increased.

Information for Parents

As a parent or guardian you can register to receive weekly email reports. To do this you will need your child’s user name and password.

  1. Visit www.mathletics.com/parent
  2. Complete the fields and click Submit
  3. Record your new username and password

Then to access the Parent Console:

  1. Visit www.mathletics.com
  2. Sign in using your own user details

The Mathletics team are continually creating technical updates and you can now access many of the activities in more convenient formats. You can download the Mathletics student app for Ipad via the App Store or Android via the Google Play Store.

If you have any questions please talk to myself or your child’s teacher.

Useful Maths Websites