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Highfield St Matthew's C of E Primary School

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This year will see us continue our journey, with the support of the St Helen's Maths hub, making Maths relevant to the children. We leave no-one behind in our teaching and learning.

The 3 core areas of the subject:

  • Fluency
  • Reasoning
  • Problem solving

These are all taught and developed over the course of the year in conjunction with the schemes of learning.

Why not follow the link below to see what your child is studying in Mathematics this week?


It is essential for our children to learn basic skills in Maths to enable them to solve real life problems involving number, calculation, shape and measures. At HSTM we follow the National Curriculum in all year groups.

We have been working hard to ensure our Maths learning environments include high quality, practical resources and interactive working walls to support the children with the strategies they choose.

Should you ever have any questions - please see your child's teacher. They will be happy to help.


Mathematics Policy and Long Term Plan

 Maths policy March 2020.docxDownload
 Whole school progression map.docxDownload
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Calculation policy

This policy has been largely adapted from the White Rose Maths Hub Calculation Policy with further material added.

At HSTM we follow the concrete, pictorial, abstract (CPA) approach.  This approach is a system of learning that uses physical and visual aids to build a child’s understanding of abstract topics. Pupils are introduced to a new mathematical concept through the use of concrete resources (e.g. fruit, Dienes blocks etc). When they are comfortable solving problems with physical aids, they are given problems with pictures – usually pictorial representations of the concrete objects they were using. Then they are asked to solve problems where they only have the abstract i.e. numbers or other symbols. Building these steps across a lesson can help pupils better understand the relationship between numbers and the real world, and therefore helps secure their understanding of the mathematical concept they are learning.

The policy is set out in subjects, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Within each specific area there is a progression of skills, knowledge and layout for written methods. The calculation strategies which will be used will reflect this ideology – moving from concrete to pictorial and then abstract recording leading to more formal written methods. Mental methods and strategies will work in partnership with these methods.

To ensure consistency for pupils, it is important that that the mathematical language used in maths lessons reflects the vocabulary used throughout this policy.


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Year 1 

Year 1 - Mass and Capacity 

Maths this week has been extra fun and extra messy! The children have been learning about capacity and using non standard units of measurement to find the capacity of different containers.

Year 1- measuring height and length 

This week in maths we have started to look at measuring height and length. The children started the topic by exploring outside finding things taller and shorter than their measuring sticks.

Year 1 

This week is Maths week. The children will take part in Maths activities during the week that they may not have chance to do usually! We kick started the week by becoming budding Mathematicians. We looked at the famous Mathematician Archimedes and his displacement of water theory. The only way to research Archimedes and his work is to become Archimedes of course! The children put his theory to the test and were wowed by the results! By the end of the lesson the classroom looked a little wet! The children, however, had a lot of fun and learned something new!


We have also used our skills of working systematically and our problem solving skills to see how many different triangles we could make on our Geo Boards. Some of us worked out that the best way to do this was to change the length of the base every time we made a new triangle. For example, the first triangle had a base of 3, the next triangle had a base of 4 and so on!

Year 1 Maths Adventure Day

What an afternoon! Lots of team work, problem solving and maths work! The children had a fabulous time in the wonderful land of Mathania! Thank you to our visitors for making the afternoon so fun!


Maths – building shapes.

What a maths lesson! To kick start our shape topic, we challenged the children to make 2D and 3D shapes using cocktail sticks and marshmallows! As you can see they did a fabulous job! Maths, engineering and team work all in one! This is a great way to reinforce basic geometry. 2D shapes that worked well for us included: triangle, square, rhombus, rectangle. We also built 3D shapes and these small structures were great opportunities for the children to explore support. Some recognized immediately that their shape wouldn’t stand up without connecting enough marshmallows and toothpicks. 

Year 2 

                                                                                Year 2 Maths Adventure Day

We had a fantastic time in the land of Mathania on our maths adventure workshop.  We had to help to tidy everything up ready for the queen's inspection.  

The children were involved in many problem solving activities, addition, subtraction, shape and reasoning about mass and numbers.  Take a look at these photographs to see some of our activities.  Thank you to our parents and the PTFA for supporting this event. 


Statistics in Year 2.  We have been reading, drawing and making tally charts, pictograms and block diagrams.  We are able to interpret the data too!

Year 2 are learning about multiplication.  Look at how many different ways we can represent

3 equal groups with 2 in each group.  

Year 3


Year 3 - Maths Adventure Day

Year 3 have really enjoyed Maths Adventure Day with Subject Revolution. The children have worked well as a team by taking it in turns, being patient and using each other's knowledge to help them. The breakout room included puzzles based around different Maths topics. Y3 managed to break out of the room with time to spare and blew up the spaceship with the robotrons on!

Year 3 

Year 3 have been learning all about Fibonacci, the famous mathematician. We have written lots of facts about him and have worked out the next numbers in the sequence. We have even had a go at drawing the sequence in our books. We can spot the numbers in Fibonacci's sequence in nature such as a clover, a snail's shell and a pine cone! Take a look at our fantastic work below.

Year 4

Maths Adventure Day

Y4 had a very exciting morning defending their school from the Robotrons. They showed fantastic team work skills, mathematical reasoning and code breaking skills in order to save the day! Thank you Subject Revolution for an engaging and thrilling experience!


 After investigating the sequence and how we can continue the pattern, Year 4 made posters about Fibonacci. They explained who he was, how the sequence works and why it is still important today. Have a look and see if you can spot where the Fibonacci sequence features in every day life...

Designing our Fibonacci posters.
Designing our Fibonacci posters.

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Year 5

Year 5 are enjoying Maths Week and are using their knowledge of addition to escape the maze! Will they escape the maze? Check out their work below!

Year 6

Year 6 - Maths Adventure Day

What a fantastic day! The children thoroughly enjoyed code-breaking and solving different maths puzzles to save the school from the 'robotrons'. We completed some algebra, ratio and measurement activities to solve the code to save the school.

Year 6

The children have been completing many different maths challenges throughout the week. They have finished the week off by researching two very famous mathematicians: Fibonacci and Archimedes. Here is some of the fantastic work below:


Multiplication and Division

Each child from year 2 upwards will have times table practice to do each week. Since the creation of the national times table test for year 4 (statutory from summer 2020) this area of maths has had a renewed focus. No one thinks that this is purely 'testing for testings sake' however, the skills of speedy and accurate number manipulation, multiplication and division recall really do underpin a large proportion of the curriculum since 2014.  We focus upon number facts and number bonds in year 1 and then each week from year 2 onwards, the children have a targeted focus on an individual times table. This is tracked. Your child should always know which times table they are learning...why not ask them?

The times table book works in a similar fashion to the reading diary. Here a daily task is used to support your child with their learning of these key number facts.

Times table games to play with your child

Click here for online times tables


In addition to our daily Maths lessons we have many opportunities for the children to enhance their problem solving skills through events in school. Our more recent 'Bring and Buy' event proved very popular again this year. The children really enjoyed taking on the role as shop keeper and allowed the other children to purchase their items and provide them with the correct change.  Well done everyone!

Please take a look at the following link to help your child prepare for their Year 6 SAT's Maths practice

Keep checking our website for our future Maths events!


Using Resources within our teaching

We are very lucky at Highfield St. Matthews to have a wealth of resources to use in our Mathematic lessons. These resources help with problem solving and reasoning. Take a look at what we get up to in our lessons below. 

Times Tables Rockstars

We are currently enrolled on the Times Tables Rockstars programme at Highfield St. Matthews. This gives the children the core understanding of their times tables which is essential in other areas of Maths. Every child from Year 3 and upwards has a personal log in for the App. Click here to access the website. We ask that you encourage your child to practice on the App at home as much as possible. Its a fun an effective way for them to learn their times tables.