Maths is an essential life skill therefore we ensure that our children are learning how to apply Maths to the world around them. The children are taught a broad and balanced curriculum whereby Teachers and TAs have high expectations for them to succeed to the very highest standard for each individual’s stage of learning. 


We use a mastery approach to maths throughout the school.  Classes from Reception to Year 2 are currently following the Mathematics Mastery Programme, and this will continue to roll up the school year on year, reaching Year 6 in 2021.  Other year groups use a combination of White Rose, Maths No Problem and National Centre for the Excellent Teaching of Maths (NCETM).


The lessons are planned in a dynamic and exciting way so that Maths is ‘brought alive’ and enables our children to make sense of the subject in a purposeful way. Each class has one lesson of Maths a day which involves:

  • New learning opportunities 
  • Fluently using their knowledge of number
  • Using and applying skills
  • Reasoning through questioning and talk tasks
  • Independent learning 
  • Problem solving and challenge
  • Review of learning with self and peer assessment opportunities

During the week three will also be 10-minute Maths Meets.  They revisit prior learning on a regular basis to secure fluency and address misconception.  Sometimes they involve Maths of the Day activities to consolidate basic skills while simultaneously increasing the amount of time the children are physically active through a variety of PE-based games.


SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural)


SMSC is integral to the teaching and learning process. At Barrington we ensure that these aspects are not taught explicitly but embedded into every learning opportunity. 

We ensure that our children have opportunities to:

  • Work as part of a team 
  • Learn to use and apply their knowledge of Mathematics in the 'real world' 
  • Become financially literate
  • Be aware of how number systems in different cultures differ
  • Be aware of the history of number and how it has changed over time. 
  • Create awe and wonder 


Personalised learning


We are a Rights Respecting School 


United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child - Article 29

Children's education should develop each child's personality, talents and abilities to the fullest.


At Barrington we ensure that learning is personalised to each and every child.  Approaches to learning in maths include access to physical resources (such as place value counters,bead strings or dienes blocks), visual aids (such as number lines, 10-frames or bar models) as well as abstract concepts (number).  All these methods are available to all children, regardless of their level of ability.  Practise questions and imagery are carefully varied in order to avoid mechanical repetition and encourage thinking. 


Adult-led interventions are targeted towards specific children to consolildate learning, address misconceptions or deepen understanding according to the individual's differing needs.  Some children receive additional support to focus on a particular area of maths through their own Special Educational Needs support plan.




At the end of every key stage, children are assessed on arithmetic and reasoning through Statutory Assessment Tests (SATs).  It is for this reason that the mastery approach we use is not just focused on calculation skills but also on understanding, reasoning and applying through probelm-solving.  In addition, regular assessment enables teachers to assess attainment against age related expectations and informs individual targets. 



Curricular targets

All children have specific targets at the front of their Maths books that are easily accessible. Each half term new targets are set with the children so they are aware of what they are focusing on that term. Below are example targets that are set for each stage.


Maths Stage 0

Maths Stage 1

Maths Stage 2

Maths Stage 3

Maths Stage 4

Maths Stage 5

Maths Stage 6





Click here for the pdf version of our  Calculation Policy for Mathematics


Click here for the pdf version of our primary glossary



Times Tables


A rapid and accurate recall of multiplication and division facts boosts children's fluency and their mathematical confidence and is in line with the mastery philosophy.  The Government is currently trialling an on-line Multiplication Check for the end of Year 4.  Schools will be able to take the test voluntarily from June 2019, before it becomes mandatory in June 2020.


National Curriculum Expectations for Times Tables are as follows:

Year 1 - count in multiples of 2, 5 and 10.  Use doubles and halve to 10

Year 2 - 2, 5 and 10 (multiplication and division facts)

Year 3 - 3, 4 and 8 (multiplication and division facts)

Year 4 - all up to 12 x 12 (multiplication and division facts)

Year 5 and 6 - revision of all up to 12 x 12


Master of Tables 


Children from Year 2 (Summer term) to Year 4 have a weekly times tables test.  This personalised system allows them to move through the programme at their own pace, collecting certificates and awards as they go.  It also allows adults to identify any children who need extra support.  Each test contains 60 multiplication and division questions and has to be completed within six mintues.  There are intermediate stages between each level  which focus on one multiplication table at a time.  


The levels are as follows:

Level 1 - 2, 5 and 10

Level 2 - 3, 4, 6 and 8

Level 3 - 7, 9, 11 and 12

Level 4 - all tables 12 x 12


Children who achieve Level 4 are presented with a Master of Tables badge to wear around school.   They are then given post Level 4 activities which are designed to increase their speed an accuracy.


Click here to see examples of Master of Tables tests.


Pupils in Years 5 and 6 continue to have weekly tables tests (mixed to 12 x 12) in order to consolidate and strengthen their skills.



Subject Co-ordination

The school’s Maths Co-ordinator are Mrs Clark (Headteacher) and Mrs Kerr (Mathematics Mastery School Lead).




If you have any queries, please do first contact your child’s teacher or, alternatively, Mrs Clark, via the school office.