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At Elsecar Holy Trinity we have a real passion for learning maths, we aim to equip the children with the mathematical skills and understanding that will be of use to them in everyday life.

We aim for our children to be confident and comfortable with numbers and become fluent in the fundamentals of maths including basic number. Our school also enables our children to be able to reason (apply logical and critical thinking in order to work out the correct strategy to use, and as importantly, not to use) We also want our children to be able to problem solve (finding a way to apply knowledge and skills to unfamiliar types of problems).

We have adopted a mastery approach to the teaching of mathematics, following the White Rose scheme of learning. This ensures that our children develop a deep and lasting understanding of mathematical concepts and procedures to help them in school and adult life. We want our children to show resilience and perseverance so that they are confident mathematicians who can demonstrate a deeper understanding of maths.

At Elsecar Holy Trinity, we teach mathematics in line with the statutory National Curriculum following the White Rose Maths to ensure coverage and progression throughout school. Each area of maths is broken down into small steps that are taught across one lesson or over consecutive days. One of our key drivers is vocabulary, where children are encouraged to talk through their maths using sentence stems with a learning partner to develop knowledge of key mathematical vocabulary. Our maths lessons build confidence as all children work through fluency, varied fluency, reasoning and problem solving questions. In line with the National Curriculum all children are exposed to and work through reasoning and problem solving questions as this is a key driver in our school. During each maths lesson there is also a discussion about real life maths so that our children are aware when they use maths in everyday situations and careers in later life. We use the concrete, pictorial and abstract approach to enable children to understand mathematical concepts and procedures.


Year Group Overviews

At Elsecar Holy Trinity Primary School, we aim for confident children who can talk about their maths, their learning and the links between the mathematical concepts. Children should be able to present different representations of mathematical concepts through different problems which they are solving.

Both formative assessment and summative assessments are used by teachers to inform teaching and learning in mathematics. During daily maths lessons, teachers ask questions, discuss learning with children and review work completed to assess progress and identify next steps for the class and where intervention is required. At the beginning and end of each block of learning from the White Rose Scheme, children sit an assessment to identify any gaps in learning, misconceptions and to inform teacher planning. At the end of each term, summative assessments (NFER) are used with children from Year 1 to Year 6. Teachers use the outcome of these tests to inform next steps for their class and individual children. If children are in a SATs year they will sit previous year’s SATs papers.

The mental recall of key mathematical facts (including times tables) is recognised as an essential part of the mathematics curriculum.  At Elsecar, each day children practise multiplication facts and complete ‘Fluent in 10’ twice a week. In Y1 children are also using the Numbersense programme for fluency. We also encourage the use of Times Table Rockstars. We also have a times table badge initiative where children can earn badges from learning and having fast recall of multiplication and division facts.

Age related expectations for times tables

    • Year 1:
      • Count in multiples of 2s, 5s and 10s
    • Year 2:
      • Count in steps of 2, 3, and 5 from 0, and in 10s from any number, forward and backward
      • Recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables
    • Year 3:
      • Recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 3, 4 and 8 multiplication tables
    • Year 4:
      • Recall multiplication and division facts for multiplication tables up to 12 × 12
    • Year 5 & 6:
      • Build on their knowledge of multiplication and division facts (12 x12) e.g. prime numbers, factors, square numbers, multiplying and dividing decimals and multiplying and dividing by fractions. 


All children in years 1-6 have a log in for Times Table Rockstars which also includes access to Numbots. If you have any issues, please contact your child’s class teacher.


National Multiplication Tables Check

The multiplication tables check (MTC) is mandatory for all pupils at the end of year 4.

The purpose of the check is to determine whether pupils can fluently recall their times tables up to 12, which is essential for future success in mathematics. It will also help your child’s school to identify pupils who may need additional support.

The Multiplication Tables Check is an on-screen check consisting of 25 times tables questions. Your child will answer 3 practice questions before moving on to the official check, and will then have 6 seconds to answer each question. On average, the check should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete.

The school will administer the multiplication tables check within a 3-week period in June.

Information for parents for the multiplication check

Ms Rorke is our Maths Leader. If you would like any further information about maths at Elsecar please get in touch