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West Didsbury CE Primary School

West Didsbury CE Primary School


‘High-quality mathematics provides a foundation for understanding the world’

(Primary National Curriculum, 2014)


West Didsbury CE Primary has a passion and a dedication to enable our pupils to be confident mathematicians. We want our young mathematicians to be able to solve problems, reason about mathematical concepts and apply their mathematical skills fluently in a variety of contexts.  In order to do this we teach a number of key mathematical concepts, which provide the foundation for mathematical knowledge and future application in real life contexts.

These key concepts are:

Knowing and using number

Adding and Subtracting

Multiplying and Dividing

Using fractions

Using measures

Using geometry

Using statistics

Teaching of these concepts is constantly re-visited and with each visit the children’s knowledge is deepened and allows the children to take one step closer to achieving maths mastery.

Calculation Guidance

Our current Calculation Guidance document (which we are currently updating) is attached below and is available for download. This contains details and examples of the progression in written calculation methods for each of the four operations.

Useful Websites and Apps

The following are a selection of useful websites and apps that provide opportunities for children to practise and apply mathematical learning. Please encourage your children to use these at home as they will help reinforce their learning from school in a fun and enjoyable way!

Websites . . . - brilliant for practising calculation methods and includes step by step guidance for successful completion!

BBC Schools - A range of fun and interaction activities from Early Years to Key Stage 2 (this includes a link to the 'Bitesize' website)

ICT Games - A selection of fun games more suited to Early Years and Key Stage 1

Apps . . .

Targetting Maths - Apps providing activities covering the full range of both year groups and Big Ideas

Maths Splat! - Fun Maths app for fluent and accurate recall of number facts in all four operations 

King of Maths - Fun app for developing fluency across the Big Ideas which challenges players to move from peasants to Kings!

Files to download....

Mathematics National Curriculum 2014

Calculation Policy: Year 1