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St Patrick's Calculation Policy

Long-Term Plans, Calculation Policy and Supporting Your Child

Our school's maths programme (Power Maths) follows the National Curriculum and is supported by the following resources: White Rose Maths and Times Table Rock Stars. We do not follow a scheme of work but make best use of challenging and appropriate resources to help embed reasoning and arithmetic skills and knowledge. Every year group has a long term plan (LTP) which has been carefully mapped by the subject leader to ensure coverage. 

Supporting your child at home

There are lots of ways that you can support your child's maths learning at home. Our teachers are always happy to discuss how you can best support your child.


Maths in the Foundation Stage

Support maths in Nursery and Reception by counting with your child and drawing/showing them the numbers 1-10. Count whenever you can so that your child becomes familiar with the number names, ssounds and order. This is a fun and engaging way to develop number understanding and it really will make a difference to your child's learning.

It couldn't be easier to count steps for example when you're walking to school or out in the garden so count steps, hops and jumps- it's all beneficial! As a challenge, try counting backwards or starting from a different number to zero (0).


See: for some short numberblocks episodes on the CBeebies iPlayer


Times Tables

Learning your times tables and having that quick-fire knowledge can make other areas of maths much easier. With the introduction of mandatory times tables check scheduled for Year Four children in the summer term 2020, there has never been more emphasis on the importance of this valuable, life-long skill.

Here are some ideas to support times table learning at home:

  • Practising times tables by rote.
  • Asking your child multiplication questions out of order – such as ‘What’s 11 x 12? What’s 5 x 6?’
  • Asking your child the related division facts: ‘What’s 8 divided by 4? What’s 54 divided by 6?’
  • Using arrays to help your child memorise times tables – you can use fun objects like Smarties or Lego bricks to make it more entertaining.
  • Giving your child word problems to test their skills, like ‘If Peter has 800ml of orange juice and needs to share it between four friends, how much can they each have?’


Online learning for times tables

Make sure you visit: so that you can compete against your friends!

Year 4 Times Tables Check

In June 2021 children in Year 4 will be taking an online times tables test to assess their knowledge of all times tables up to and including 12 x 12. This test will take no longer than 5 minutes and will include 25 multiplication questions. The children will be given 6 seconds to answer each question.


If you would like any more information then please see Miss Madeley or Miss Ward.