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St Michael's CofE Primary School

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Maths provides a foundation for understanding the world and is essential to everyday life. At St Michael's, our children are given lots of exciting and practical opportunities to build an enjoyment of the subject and develop curiosity about the world around them.

We aim to ensure that all children:

  • Secure basic number skills (place value, x tables, calculations)
  • Develop their mathematical language
  • Apply good mathematical skills to solving problems.


At Key Stage One, the focus is upon developing confidence with mental strategies in number, place value and counting with whole numbers.

The main areas of study are:

  • Number, Place Value and Ordering
  • The Four Operations: Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division
  • Fractions
  • Measures: Time, Money, Length, Mass and Capacity
  • Shape and Geometry
  • Statistics (Year 2 only)

At Key Stage Two, the focus is to develop fluency with number and develop written methods of calculations e.g column addition. Children will focus on memorising times tables up to 12 x12 to aid other areas of mathematics and build links. Eventually, children will be expected to make connections with other areas of mathematics such as fractions, decimals and percentages.

The main areas of study are:

  • Number, Place Value and Ordering
  • The Four Operations: Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division
  • Fractions
  • Measures: Time, Money, Length, Mass and Capacity
  • Shape and Geometry
  • Statistics
  • Algebra, Ratio and Proportion (Year 6 only)


As a school, we use White Rose schemes of learning to support the planning of our maths curriculum. https://whiterosemaths.com/   

Please see the overviews below for details on the programmes of study for each year group.

National Curriculum 2014 Programmes of study

Early Years Foundation Stage (Reception)

Maths Curriculum 2014 - Year 1.docx

Maths Curriculum 2014 - Year 2.docx

Maths Curriculum 2014 - Year 3.docx

Maths Curriculum 2014 - Year 4.docx

Maths Curriculum 2014 - Year 5.docx

Maths Curriculum 2014 - Year 6.docx

Maths at St Michael's is fun. We have lots of practical opportunities to practise fluency skills, reasoning and problem solving. The environment is used to give children opportunities to explore maths. Other curriculum areas are used to promote mathematical skills such as symmetry in art and measuring in science.

Maths Calculation Policy - This explains how we teach the 4 operations of Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division throughout the school.

Home Learning
Home Learning

Times Tables   

As a government requirement, Year Four pupils  will be tested on the Multiplication Tables Check in 2022.  The test will be carried out online and will be fully digital so children will complete it on a laptop or tablet. Children will be expected to answer 25 multiplication questions and will be given 6 seconds to read, recall and enter their response. The 6, 7, 8, 9 and 12 times tables are more likely to be asked than the 2, 3, 4, 5, 10 or 11 multiplication table as these are considered the ‘most difficult’ multiplication tables.


At St Michael's, we have purchased a subscription to Times Tables Rockstars which is a website that is dedicated to practising times tables at speed and aims to develop fluency of x facts. The website is motivational and has successfully supported hundreds of thousands around the country and the world develop their speed and recall of key x facts. Each child from Year 2 to Year 6 will receive a username and password to access the website. 


In addition, we have set up Rainbow x tables challenges which will motivate children to complete x tables facts at speed using paper and pencil. The children progress from red to violet on the rainbow. Once they are fluent on x facts up to 10x10, the children will complete Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum levels. When the children reach Gold, they will receive a badge. There are sheets for each level available for practice at home.

 Level 1 Red x2 x5 x 10.docxDownload
 Level 10 Gold 12 x 12 mixed divison and multiplication.docxDownload
 Level 2 Orange x2 x5 x 10 x 3.docxDownload
 Level 3 Yellow x2 x5 x10 x3 x4.docxDownload
 Level 4 Green x2 x5 x10 x3 x4 x8.docxDownload
 Level 5 Blue Test x2 x5 x10 x3 x4 x8 x6.docxDownload
 Level 6 Indigo x2 x5 x10 x3 x4 x8 x6 x7.docxDownload
 Level 7 Violet x2 x5 x10 x3 x4 x8 x6 x7 x9.docxDownload
 Level 8 Bronze 10 x 10.docxDownload
 Level 9 Silver 12 x 12.docxDownload
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Maths Websites
Maths Websites

Useful website games to help with learning.