At The Willows, our maths curriculum will create confident, resilient and ambitious learners. Children will be motivated and enthusiastic about their learning and be driven by the progress that they see themselves making.

We use White Rose Maths Hub and a concrete, pictorial and abstract (CPA) approach to mathematics. This approach allows all learners, regardless of age or ability, explore mathematical concepts and identify patterns and connections for themselves and create a solid understanding of mathematical processes. It also ensures clear progression through each of the different phases.

In EYFS children are exposed to maths in their learning provision and through small group teaching. This progresses into KS1 and KS2 where maths is taught daily and each year group begin the year by focussing on place value, the four operations and fractions. Children practice mathematical skills in a range of contexts to develop true fluency before being exposed to a range of reasoning and problem solving activities to demonstrate their understanding.

National maths tests

There are currently formal maths tests in Years 2, 4 and 6.

In Years 2 and 6 children will complete their end of key stage SATs tests. These are statutory assessments which assess children’s attainment in Reading, Writing and Maths with the maths tests consisting of Arithmetic and Reasoning Papers.

In Year 4, all children will complete an online times tables test known as the Multiplication Tables Check (MTC). This test will take place in June and the children will be asked 25 questions on times tables 2 to 12. For every question the children will have 6 seconds to answer and in between there is a 3 second rest.


Mastering Number

This year we will be taking part in the NCETM’s ‘Mastering Number’ program. This project aims to secure firm foundations in the development of good number sense for all children from Reception through to Year 1 and Year 2. Children will have a 10 to 15 minute session taught daily, at a different time to their usual maths lessons and will use an abacus-like rekenrek to help develop confidence and fluency with number. The aim over time is that children will leave KS1 with fluency in calculation and a confidence and flexibility with number. Attention will be given to key knowledge and understanding needed in Reception classes, and progression through KS1 to support success in the future. 

Times Tables Rock Star

Your child will have a username and password for TTRS. This is a great platform that allows children to practise their times tables at their level while earning gold coins and creating their own rock star as they go.

Keep an eye out as you may have an interclass rock battle coming up or you may have even been challenged to a 1 on 1 battle by another pupil!

Supporting your child with maths

We understand that sometimes the way your child solves their calculations is very different to the way you used to do at school, therefore we have put together a guide to help you see how we teach your child and the progression they will make in each of the four areas of calculations.

Download the Calculations Policy I have sent this as a separate document

To support your child at home you can do lots of different activities:

  • counting forwards and backwards
  • counting in different steps i.e. 2,4,6,8,10...(then in steps of other numbers)
  • learning the times tables
  • solving mental calculations (adding 2 numbers together in your head, subtracting a smaller number from a greater number)
  • ordering a selection of numbers from smallest to greatest
  • learning how to tell the time
  • becoming confident with money, finding totals and giving change

There are also lots of websites that you could access for support including

If you need any further assistance with these strategies or ideas to help your child, please see your child's class teacher or Mrs Livingston (Maths Co-ordinator) who will be happy to help.




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The Willows Primary School

Tayfield Road, Wythenshawe, Manchester M22 1BQ