Maths is a journey and long-term goal, achieved through exploration, clarification, practice and application over time.

Our overall aims for when children leave Stockham Primary School are:

  •        develop a positive attitude to mathematics
  •        have access to a high-quality maths curriculum that is both challenging and enjoyable, and builds upon previous learning.
  •        be provided with a variety of mathematical opportunities, which will enable them to make the connections across the curriculum.
  •        ensure children are confident mathematicians who are not afraid to take risks.
  •        develop an ability to express themselves fluently, to talk about the subject with assurance, using correct mathematical language and vocabulary.
  •        develop mathematical skills and knowledge and recall of basic facts and the four operations
  •        be able to use this knowledge and understanding to carry out calculations mentally
  •        make use of diagrams and informal notes to help record steps and part answers when using mental methods that generate more information than can be kept in their heads
  •        have an efficient, reliable, compact written method of calculation for each operation that children can apply with confidence when undertaking calculations that they cannot carry out mentally.
Years 1 to 6 Progression Chart
Calculation Policies
Mastering Number Programme
Stockham School takes part in the Mastering Number Programme. The programme aims to secure firm foundations in the development of good number sense for all children from Reception through to Year 1 and Year 2. The aim over time is that children will leave KS1 with fluency in calculation and a confidence and flexibility with number. Attention will be given to key knowledge and understanding needed in Reception classes, and progression through KS1 to support success in the future.
Parent Project
The Foundation Stage and KS1 have delivered three separate workshops, sharing how the Mastering Number Project supports their children at Stockham and how their children can be supported at home. The slides from the Parent Project are below. 
Fluent In Five
Fluent in Five provides a daily set of arithmetic practice for Years 3-6, designed to help children develop and maintain fluency in both written and mental calculations. The structure of Fluent in Five is also designed to help Key Stage 2 children distinguish between written and mental calculations.
Times Tables
At Stockham Primary School, we follow the guidance provided by the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) for effective times tables instruction. Our approach revolves around a comprehensive and progressive method that fosters students' comprehension and fluency in multiplication. We use sound patterns and only learn the times table one way round, as this reduces the number of facts needed to be learnt. For example, if a child knows 7 x 6 they also know 6 x7 and the related division facts.
In September 2023, Years 4 and 5 will be taking part in the NCETM Mastering Number Programme. The project will enables pupils in Years 4 and 5 to develop fluency in multiplication and division facts, and a confidence and flexibility with number that exemplifies good number sense.