Throughout West Meadows, we aim to equip the children with the mathematical skills and understanding that will be of use to them in everyday life.

Our children are:

  • given the confidence to be comfortable with numbers.
  • given the opportunities to learn and practice mathematical skills
  • given the chance to explain and give reasoning when solving a variety of problems in all areas of mathematics.

All children are challenged and encouraged to excel in maths when developing their skills when solving fluency, reasoning and problem solving. Children are actively encouraged to use stem sentences to discuss and explain the reasoning behind their thinking.


At West Meadows, we teach mathematics through whole class teaching, differentiating the learning to meet the needs of the pupils, where appropriate.  Children are encouraged to take control of their learning through working with learning partners and using language to explain their mathematical thinking to demonstrate their mastery of a maths concept.

In our school, there is a focus of developing reasoning skills, such as working systematically, spotting patterns and working backwards, so that children can confidently tackle problems and find solutions quickly and effectively. We also encourage children to look at problems more in-depth and explore alternative solutions and methods that could be used.

There is also a focus on mental maths across school. At the start of every maths lesson, children will be taught or practise a mental strategy linked to one of the key objectives from the overview below.


At West Meadows 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.

Maths in Early Years Foundation Stage

The teaching of maths in the EYFS involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures. By the end of the Foundation Stage children should be able to:

Number – Early learning goal

Children count reliably with numbers from 1 to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number. Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer. They solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing.

Shape, Space and Measures- Early learning goal

Children use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems. They recognise, create and describe patterns. They explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them.

Times Tables Rockstars

When it comes to times tables, speed AND accuracy are important – the more facts your child remembers, the easier it is for them to do harder calculations.

Times Table Rock Stars is a fun and challenging programme designed to help students master the times tables!

KS2 TT Rockstars

Age related expectations

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.  

National Multiplication Tables Check

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

Progression in Maths