Maths at Friars

At Friars, we aim for each child to think and solve problems mathematically by using the appropriate, skills, concepts and knowledge. They must be provided with rich and enjoyable experiences related both to their individual needs and to the wider requirements of society.


We aim for each child to:-


  • Have a positive attitude towards mathematics.

  • Have self-confidence in their ability to deal with mathematics.

  • Be able to work systematically, co-operatively and with perseverance.

  • Be able to think logically and independently.

  • Experience a sense of achievement.

  • Understand the appropriate underlying skills, concepts and knowledge of number sense, additive reasoning, multiplicative reasoning and geometry.

  • Be able to apply previously acquired concepts, skills, knowledge and understanding to new situations both in and out of school.

  • Understand and appreciate pattern and relationship in mathematics.

  • Be able to communicate with peers and adults clearly and fluently their ideas, experiences and questions, using the appropriate mathematical language.

  • Be able to explore problems using effective strategies, predictions and deductions.

  • Have equality of opportunity.

  • Be aware of the uses of mathematics beyond the classroom.

  • Develop the use of mental calculations and efficient strategies to work out the answers.


 We aim for parents / carers to:-


  • Be actively involved in their children’s mathematical learning both in school and at home.

  • Understand and support the school’s mathematics and homework policies, and the Friars Calculation Policy for Mathematics.

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Maths overviews

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6​

Maths overviews

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6​

Maths overviews

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6​

Teaching Mathematics


The planning structure for each year is organised fourteen sequences which all have a suggested length of either two or three weeks. These sequences cover number sense, additive reasoning, multiplicative reasoning and geometry. They are visited at least three times per year within our medium term planning and are in line with the National Curriculum (2014). Teachers use their professional judgment to ensure quality of teaching and learning and coverage of skills and knowledge takes place consistently and effectively at Friars Primary School, Nursery and Children’s Centre. 

Within key stage 1 and 2, children will be provided with a daily one hour lesson of mathematics within their year group. In addition to this, the teaching of transferable mathematical skills will be taught across the full range of foundation subjects in order to reinforce the skills taught within mathematics lessons.

The teaching of the four main rules of mathematics is done so on a consistent basis through the use of the school’s calculation policy. This sets out the ways in which the teaching is organized across KS1 and KS2 and ensures that the children have a consistent experience as they progress through the school. 



Mathematics lessons will provide opportunities for children to practise and consolidate their skills and knowledge, to develop and extend their techniques and strategies, and to prepare for their future learning. These will be extended and supported by one piece of mathematics homework each week. These activities will be short and focused and will be referred to and valued in future lessons.  The MyMaths on-line programme will form the basis for the majority of the homework. This is set every Friday and due in by the following Thursday. Any child unable to complete their homework by this point has the opportunity to do so in school on Thursday lunchtimes.

Cross-curriculum links 


Mathematics contributes to many subjects within the EYFS Statutory Framework and the Primary National Curriculum, and opportunities will be sought to draw mathematical experience out of a wide range of activities. Mathematical concepts will be planned for regularly to be part of the theme that is being studied. This will allow children to begin to use and apply Mathematics in real contexts.  Problem Solving and Investigations will be incorporated into lessons on a weekly basis and specific problem solving skills taken from the Badger Problem Solving scheme of work will be taught every half term from year 2 upwards.

Maths Videos


Short division

Division with remainders

Short division with carrying

Long division 


Multiplication using Informal Jottings

Long multiplication

Short multiplication

Long multiplication with decimals


Expanding column addition without carrying

Expanding column addition with carrying

Compact column addition


Partitioned column subtraction

Compact column subtraction

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