We aim to ensure that all children:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that they have conceptual understanding and are able to recall and apply their knowledge rapidly and accurately to problems
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, 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.

Key Stage 1

The principal focus of mathematics teaching in Key Stage 1 is to ensure that children develop confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value. This involves working with numerals, words and the four operations, including with practical resources (e.g. concrete objects and measuring tools).

Lower Key Stage 2 – Years 3-4

The principal focus of mathematics teaching in lower Key Stage 2 is to ensure that children become increasingly fluent with whole numbers and the four operations, including number facts and the concept of place value. This should ensure that children develop efficient written and mental methods and perform calculations accurately with increasingly large whole numbers.

At this stage, children should develop their ability to solve a range of problems, including with simple fractions and decimal place value.

Upper Key Stage 2 – Years 5-6

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

At this stage, children 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, children are introduced to the language of algebra as a means for solving a variety of problems.

By the end of Year 6, children should be fluent in written methods for all four operations, including long multiplication and division, and in working with fractions, decimals and percentages.

Helpful Documents

Please use the following documents to help you understand more about Maths at Orleans and how you can support your child at home.

Please click on the headings for the areas you wish to explore further.

Maths Policy

See Mathmatics Policy under the school Policies and Documents

How We Teach Calculation

Take a look at how we teach the written methods for all four operations and the progression within each. We strongly recommend that when supporting at home, you use this guide to ensure your child is receiving the same teaching at home and school. This will avoid any confusion, leading to a much better understanding for your child.

The New Curriculum

We have given an overview here of the main changes to the curriculum overall and also for each year group.

Year Group Objectives

This is an overview of the mathematics objectives which will be taught (for years 1-6) in line with the 2014 New Curriculum.

Times Tables Expectations

What are the expectations for learning times tables? How can I help my child in a fun way? Here are some tips and advice along with suggested activities and websites to help answer these questions.

Key Skills

This document (created by Hamilton Trust) outlines the key skills (expectations) for each year group which appear in the new 2014 National Curriculum. Please note these are baseline skills and do not represent all the objectives that will be taught.

Key Instant Recall Facts

In line with the new National Curriculum, we want to ensure that our children are confident and rapid in their recall of key basic facts. Each half term, each year group will send home a key skill that children will need to know and recall at speed, by the end of term. For example, ‘know halves and doubles for numbers to 10’. This skill will also be a focus in class too.

Understanding Progress in Maths

This document aims to help parents understand how children progress in maths at each National Curriculum level. It also includes ideas for what you can do with your child to support their development in maths at home and help them make progress.


Mathletics is a fabulous website which involves a yearly subscription. It provides your child access to continued and fun learning around the clock! The activities are differentiated to allow all children to access the activities. Children can even compete with other children around the world.

Numicon – Supporting Your Child at Home

Numicon is a resources we use in school to support the image of number. It is very popular and hugely helpful. If you would like to support your child further you can purchase a ‘At Home Kit’ on the numicon website.

Helping Your KS1 Child at Home

There are also lots of ways that you can support your child at home. It doesn’t have to be by doing pages of sums or text books – there are lots of fun activities and games you can do or include in your everyday routines! Here are a few ideas to help you…

Games and Activity Website Links

This document lists a range of fantastic and high quality websites for children to use when practising their maths skills.

Khan Academy

Salman Khan's online tutorials are already watched by millions, including Bill Gates's children. His aim is to create the first free, world-class virtual school. As well as this website, he has YouTube tutorials which are fantastic! Get watching NOW! We already have many families using his material and rave about its effectiveness in helping with mathematical understanding.

Maths Vocabulary Book

The purpose of this book is to identify the words and phrases that children need to understand and use if they are to make good progress in mathematics.

Years 3-4 Curriculum Evening (Nov 2018)

This PowerPoint was shared during the evening

Key Stage 2 Curriculum Evening

These PowerPoints were shared during the latest curriculum evening. They outline methods taught for all four operations.

Key Stage 1 Parent Workshop

In January, Miss Hedges delivered a Maths workshop. This was focused on the strategies and resources we use in school and ideas for games to support key skills at home. Please see resources below if you were unable to attend.

Key Stage 2 Parent Workshop
KS1 Maths Mastery Information Session
KS2 Maths Mastery Information Session
Singapore Bar Modelling Workshop
Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract (CPA) approach


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