Guilden Morden Church of England (VC) Primary Academy

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 Our aim is to develop children into confident mathematicians who are able to use mathematics as a tool in a wide range of activities both in and out of school. We want all children to acquire mastery of mathematics and continue acquiring mastery throughout their school lives, and beyond.


Throughout the school the children are involved in daily mathematical activities based on the requirements of the National Curriculum and their own needs and interests.


This link takes you to the The Primary Mathematics Curriculum 



The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

 become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately

  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
  • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

As we have mixed age classes, we have developed a number of strategies to ensure that of the children get the maximum impact from the teaching and the independent work.


How can you help your child with maths?

This is an extract from our calculation policy which has Maths At Home suggestions for each of the areas of arithmetic. The entire calculation policy can be accessed by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.

Maths At Home: Addition

  • Counting with objects at home, such as toys and books
  • Counting in twos with pairs of socks, shoes or gloves
  • Adding common coins to make different totals
  • Adding items to shopping baskets, including counting fruit and vegetables
  • Adding measurements of length, volume and mass of objects
  • Weighing and measuring for practical applications, such as cooking, planning parties and building construction models


Practising Times Tables and Other Number Facts

 In school we recognise the importance of knowing our times tables - speed and accuracy are important and allow us to complete harder calculations more easily.


 From 2020, children in Year 4 will take a Multiplication Tables Fluency Assessment in June. The children need to be able to recall the facts, accurately and quickly.


To support the children to learn their times tables we have a number of approaches. We use a card game in school called Tackling Tables, that helps the children to speed up their recall.


We are now also using Times Tables Rock Stars.

Times Table Rock Stars is a fun and challenging programme designed to help students master the times tables. To be a Times Table Rock Star you need to answer any multiplication fact up to 12×12 in less than 3 seconds.






This Link takes you to maths chase with free maths games where your child can see how well they use a whole range of maths facts. They can set their own numbers to work within so it is suitable for learners of all ages.



 This link will take you to where you will find lots of different fun free maths games. A star system is used to show difficulty.




For the full maths policy, click on the document below.