Fletching CE Primary School


Approaches to teaching mathematics have changed over the last few years and some methods may be very different to those many of us knew when we were at school and some we are familiar with.

Please find below documents to help with children's mathematics including our calculation booklet and our recent presentation to parents. It is important that children understand that maths is part of everyday life, and not just something that applies within a maths lesson. Although every effort is made to place children's learning within a wider context, it helps hugely if a child is having regular mathematical conversations at home. Great areas for discussion include:

  • Money - Shopping and questions about price, more or less expensive, and change.

  • Time - Conversations about how long it takes to get somewhere, times on both analogue and digital clocks, and using calendars.

  • Measures - Your child could help with cooking or baking? It involves a huge amount of reading scales, measuring, calculating and estimating. Do they have an idea of what basic measures look like? (A litre of milk, and apple weighs around 100g etc)

  • Shape and Direction - Making the language of shape a part of everyday life is a great help as the very specific nature of mathematical vocabulary can be a stumbling block for some children. It's also hugely helpful for children to be familiar with solving shape problems(such as jigsaws) and creating 3D models.


There is a lot of specific vocabulary associated with mathematics and below is a useful document that indicates the language a child should become familiar with and comfortable using in each year.

Mathematical language progression


Yearly Whiterose Overviews including NCETM Spine links

Progression of Key Instant recall facts

Calculation policy

In Key Stage 1:

Number bonds to 5 and 10


Number bonds to 20


Writing numbers to twenty


In Key Stage 2:

Transum Games - a selection of games and fun activities.


Across the Whole School:


BBC Maths