Throughout the Primary School we teach Mathematics using the New UK Maths Curriculum as our framework.

‘Arithmetic is being able to count up to twenty without taking off your shoes.'  Mickey Mouse

Our Mathematics Subject Coordinator

Natasha Cheriton






How is Maths taught at BSM?

All children in Years 1 to 6 have a daily maths lesson.  The lesson usually begins with an oral session where the children practise their mental recall and develop their mental skills. It is vital that children are confident with mental calculations, before they progress onto formal written methods. This is why the school has introduced the Mathematics Passport, to put a real focus on mental recall.  

In the Foundation and Key Stage 1 there is a great emphasis on practical activities and developing an ability to solve problems mentally, using jottings. In Key Stage 2, children continue to develop their rapid recall of number facts and learn an increasing number of mental strategies, ultimately being able to select the one they feel most comfortable with.  They continue to use jottings to aid their mental calculations, before progressing onto more formal written methods of calculation.

When faced with a maths question children should be thinking:

  • Can I do this in my head?
  • Could I do this in my head with drawings or jottings to help me?
  • Do I need to use a written method?
  • Should I use a calculator?

What will pupils learn?

During Key Stage 1 pupils develop their knowledge and understanding of mathematics through practical activities, exploration and discussion. They learn to count, read, write and order numbers to 100 and beyond. They develop a range of mental calculation skills and use these confidently in different settings.  They learn about shape and space through practical activities which build on their understanding of their immediate environment. They begin to grasp mathematical language, using it to talk about their methods and explain their reasoning when solving problems.

How you can help your child

Your involvement as parents is very important in raising the achievement level of your child. The most important thing for you to do is to TALK and LISTEN to them about their work in numeracy. Ask your child to show you something they learnt or practised in their numeracy lesson that day.  

You can help your child at home with maths by supporting them in learning and meeting their specific targets from the Numeracy Passport.  It is also important to maintain mental maths skills at the same time as developing written methods. Practise of mental skills at home and school will help your child to succeed and enjoy the subject.

Remember if you are helping your child at home, to do ‘a little and often’ – they work hard at school, so watch for your child becoming tired.

ECIS Maths Quest

Maths Jokes (from our primary pupils)

Q: What do you do if you are cold?
A: Go and sit in the corner because it is 90 degrees there.

Q: An English cat is called the one two three cat, and a French cat is called the un deux trois cat. who won?
A: The English cat. The un deux trois cat sank.

Q: Why was 6 afraid of 7?
A: Because 7 ate 9!





Additional ResourcesStrategies to help your child
Handy websites to use at home Addition and subtraction
How to use a number line Addition and subtraction facts to 20
  Counting on and back in ones and tens
  Ordering numbers to 100
  Partitioning and recombining
  Understanding multiplication and division


‘Do not worry too much about your difficulties in mathematics,
I can assure you that mine are still greater.' Albert Einstein