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Hilltop First School and Foundation Stage


The national curriculum identifies three main aims in the primary phase:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • 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.


We follow White Rose Maths planning.  Key Stage 1 use specific year group schemes of work while Key Stage 2 use the mixed age planning resources.  Units are planned across the term so that pupils complete a quiz at the end of each unit allowing for 2-3 ‘consolidation’ days after the assessment where specific misconceptions or gaps can be addressed. Teachers complete an assessment grid where gaps can be easily identified. Pupils practise these examples on the blank pages of the assessment booklet.


White Rose end of term assessments are used 3 times a year to provide a summative assessment opportunity.


Teachers use their judgement to supplement White Rose Premium resources with additional resources and formal and practical learning experiences. Teachers are encouraged to plan lessons where pupils work directly in exercise books as well as using worksheets. 


Language is important and pupils are challenged to articulate their thinking and explain strategies to adults and peers including explaining why something can’t be the correct answer.  White Rose Premium resources include a range of reasoning and problem solving questions for each topic. 


White Rose Premium ‘flashback 4’ is used during morning sessions. Pupils answer these questions on whiteboards or verbally as a class. This allows consolidation of previous learning.


In KS1, all pupils have immediate access to the following personal resources:

  • Number line to 20
  • 100 square
  • Beadstring
  • Whiteboard


In KS2, pupils have immediate access to necessary resources relevant to their level of progress.  These could include:

  • 100 square
  • Beadstring
  • X table grid


A range of other hands on resources are available to support specific concepts.  Pupils are free to use these in lessons and have the confidence and initiative to fetch them as needed.


Number bonds and multiplication tables should be practised daily in some form.

  • By the end of Year 2 all pupils must know all addition and subtraction facts up to 20.
  • By the end of Year 4 all pupils must know all multiplication and division facts to 12x12.

Weekly mental maths lessons give children the opportunity to try and beat their time/score in number bonds/times table quizzes and should improve fluency.


Pupils are permitted to self-assess their work where this will allow for quick identification of misconceptions so that these can be addressed in the lesson.


Home Learning

Children from Year 1 upwards are set a weekly maths task on MyMaths linked to learning that children have done in class that week. Maths competencies are sent home when appropriate to support children with developing their fluency.  Pupils  from Year 2 upwards are encouraged to practise their times table knowledge using TimesTable Rockstars.


Addition and Subtraction Calculation policy.pdf

Multiplication and Division Calculation policy.pdf