Maths in School

Our Approach to Mathematics

At Kirton Lindsey Primary we teach the mastery approach to mathematics. This involves:

  • Deep and sustainable learning
  • The ability to build on something that has already been sufficiently mastered
  • The ability to reason about a concept and make connections
  • Conceptual and procedural fluency
  • The belief that all pupils can achieve
  • Keeping the class working together so that all can access and master mathematics
  • Development of deep mathematical understanding
  • Development of both factual/procedural and conceptual fluency
  • Longer time on key topics, providing time to go deeper and embed learning.

In each key stage two classroom you will see the use of marking stations to aid self-assessment and independent learning and challenge. Misconceptions are picked up and addressed before the next lesson is taught. Staff follow the expectation and guidance document ‘ How we teach Maths at KLPS’ document to ensure a minimum expectation and standard of consistency across the school appendix 1 How we teach Maths document).

Assessment of Mathematics

We use the NFER assessment tests to assess the children in years 2 through to year 5 twice a year. These tests give us a standardised score for each child along with strengths and difficulties which we analyse and use to plan the teaching and intervention support (if necessary) for the following term. 

The Year 6 children are tested using previous years SATs tests. This is used as a baseline when tested in October. The children will be tested further in January and then we will use their SATs test in May as the final formal assessment point for the year. This allows us to compare standardised scores accurately to give a prediction for the outcomes.

Mental Arithmetic

The curriculum requires a stronger grasp of mental arithmetic skills and understanding of number.

To support this in key stage 1 we use a specially devised ‘Number sense’ programme which builds up each week through 4 phases to ensure that all children leave key stage one with a very strong understanding of number and place value which they can apply in key stage two. ( appendix 2 Number sense)

To support and challenge this in KS2 we implement the Rising Stars Mental Arithmetic Tests on a fortnightly basis. These tests progress through the year for children in years 3- year 6 and are linked to the objectives for their year group. The results are analysed by the maths leader and the data is showing a year on year growth in attainment within these tests.

Alongside these each child in Key Stage Two will participate in the Rock Star Maths programme on an annual basis.

This is a 20 week programme of times table practice culminating in a Rock Star Wrangle where the children with the fastest times tables recall across the whole programme battle it out for the title of Rock Star Wrangler.

From January onwards the year 6 children will complete a mental maths practice paper based on the layout of their SATs tests. These are from

Times Tables

In response to the new times tables check at the end of year 4 we include a structured approach to teaching times tables adopting the programme which enables us to build on their times tables skills to reach mastery of all times tables by the end of year 4, with enrichment during the autumn term of year 5.

To supplement this, the children in year 3 and 4 use an online times tables game to replicate the test situation to gain speed practice.

For more information please check out our Curriculum Policies page.

To find resources to help support Maths, please click on the documents below.

Maths Year 1-Year 6 Quick View Progression

Maths – Times Tables Programme

Maths – Progression in 4 Rules of Number

Maths – Progression in Calculation CPA

Maths -A Parent’s Guide to Calculation-Skills