At Garfield, it is our aim to inspire, encourage, support and challenge the learning of all children; especially in the mathematical world of numbers, measure, geometry and data. It is our belief, as Maths is an integral part of the curriculum, to provide children with the best mathematical education. We aim to ensure that all pupils understand how maths plays an essential part of everyday life and to make sure they have confidently learnt the correct skills to apply their knowledge to solve a wide variety of tasks.

Each year, children’s mathematical knowledge is strengthened and developed through quality first teaching and using manipulatives to make the learning clear. In addition, teaching allows children to experience real life situations related to maths such as money and shopping, catching a train, telling the time, driving a car, purchasing a house and the use of statistics on computer programmes. We strive to make all maths learning accessible, inclusive and enjoyable for every pupil in our school.  

To ensure that Maths is appreciated and enjoyed at Garfield School, we arrange many maths related days and events.  In the past year, these events have included a whole school Maths Day in order to raise the profile of maths in the school. Due to the success of the event, it will be repeated later on in this academic year. In addition, there will be a ‘Maths Story Week’, where each year group plans a weeks’ worth of maths lessons, based on a story related to maths. This will link to other subjects such as English, ICT, art and topic.

Furthermore, many classes and children participate in the Mega Mental Maths Challenge every half term, where all children are given a short arithmetic test to complete in a set period of time. Prizes and certificates are awarded to many of the children of whom participate.

Maths Story Week


On the week beginning January 29th 2018, we celebrated our love for maths by holding a Maths themed Story Week. With maths being such an important part of the National Curriculum, children of all ages should be able to become verbal and literate mathematicians. These skills are vital for children to be able to answer reasoning and mastery questions in their maths lessons. The aim of Maths Story Week was to teach maths through a creative and insightful medium. It was an interesting way of making educational links between Maths and English, Topic, Drama, Design Technology ICT and Art.

Each year group chose a maths themed story book, and teachers planned and delivered a series of maths lessons based on their chosen book. By the end of the week, each child had produced a piece of writing which could have been a retold version of their story, a description, a sequel or their own version of the story.

Each year group chose the following books:


At the end of the week, a special Maths Story Week assembly was held. Each year group presented their chosen maths story, as well as examples and photographs of work they had completed throughout the week. In addition, some children read out their fantastic final pieces of writing! It was a wonderful opportunity for each year group to showcase and celebrate the work they had completed during the themed week.

 Throughout Maths Story Week, each year group participated in various maths challenges – which were known as ‘The Estimation Stations.’ In the first challenge, children were required to estimate the weight of a jar of sugar in grams, and in the second, how many pieces of pasta were in another jar. The children with the closest estimations were revealed in the assembly, and were awarded small prizes.

Furthermore, to mark the occasion of Maths Story Week, each year group has mounted a large display. These detailed, educational and colourful displays are to showcase and represent the fantastic maths themed stories completed by each year group, as well as presenting photographs, examples of work completed and other related maths themed activities.

This first maths week at Garfield was a huge success and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it – children and teachers alike! We look forward to hosting another maths themed week in the near future.

Mega Maths Challenge

At the end of the Autumn term, all children from Years 1 to 6 undertook the Mega Maths Challenge, which was re-launched at the beginning of the academic school year! This short maths task tests the mental arithmetic abilities of children in a set duration of time. Questions consist of using the four operations, fractions, decimals, percentages, BODMAS and several other areas of maths. In a special maths assembly in January, children who achieved over 90% in their Mega Maths Challenges are rewarded with certificates to celebrate their successes.

The results for the first Mega Maths Challenge were extremely successful with 10 children in Year 3 achieving over 90%, as well as 20 children in Year 4, 21 children in Year 5 and 31 children in Year 6. Overall, 19 children scored 100% in this challenge, which is a fantastic achievement! The children really enjoyed taking part in this exciting maths challenge – and they look forward to the next one, due to take place at the end of the Spring term!


 Calculation Policy

Calculation Policy

Maths in Year Groups

Early Years (Nursery and Reception)


In Early Years, maths involves presenting children with the correct educational opportunities in order to develop and improve their skills. These skills include counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems, as well as describing shapes, spaces and measure.


Key Stage 1


Year 1

In Year 1 we are learning to:


  • Count to 100 (forwards and backwards) from any number.
  • Count in 2s, 5s and 10s.
  • Find 1 more and 1 less than any number to 100.
  • Begin to recall addition and subtraction facts for numbers up to 20.
  • Recall halves and doubles to 20.


 Suggested Website Links: (Stage 1 Problems and Investigations)

Year 2

In Year 2 we are learning to:

  • Count forwards and backwards in multiples of 10 from any number (to 100)
  • Count in multiples of 2s, 3s and 10s (forwards and backwards).
  • Add 3 single digit numbers.
  • Recall all number bonds to 20.
  • Recall addition and subtraction facts for 100.
  • Use number bonds to 100 to find change from £1.
  • 2, 5 and 10 times tables
  • Mentally add and subtract single digit numbers and multiples of 10 to and from 2 digit numbers.

Suggested Website Links: (Stage 1 Problems and Investigations)

Key Stage 2


Year 3

In Year 3 we are learning to:

  • Count in 4s, 8s, 50s and 100s.
  • 10 and 100 more and less than numbers to 3 digits.
  • Mentally add two 2-digit numbers.
  • 3, 4 and 8 times tables.
  • Use multiplication facts to multiply by multiples of 10. eg. 3 x 4 = 12, 30 x 4 = 120.
  • Mentally halve and double 2 digit numbers.
  • Find Change up to £5.
  • Mentally add and subtract digits and multiples of 10 and 100 to and from 3 digit numbers.

Suggested Website Links: (Stage 1 with 2 stars)

Year 4

In Year 4 we are learning to:

  • Count in multiples of 6, 7, 9, 25 and 100.
  • Use knowledge of numbers to 100 to find change from different totals.
  • 1000 more and less than a given number.
  • Mentally add and subtract single digits, multiples of 10, multiples of 100 and multiples of 1000 from numbers to 4 digits.
  • Divide 1 and 2 digit numbers by 10 and 100.
  • Know multiplication and division facts for all times tables up to 12 x 12
  • Use known facts to multiply by multiples of 10 and 100. eg. 3 x 4 = 12, 30 x 4 = 120.
  • Mentally halve and double 3 digit numbers.

Suggested Website Links: (Stage 1 with 2 stars and Stage 2 with 1 star)

Year 5

In Year 5 we are learning to:

  • Mentally add and subtract larger numbers. g. 12,453 – 2,300 or 25,563 + 4, 320
  • Mentally find a quarter of numbers.
  • Recall all times tables to 12 x 12 including the corresponding division facts.
  • Identify multiples and factors for all times tables to 12.
  • Recall prime numbers up to 19 and establish whether a number up to 100 is prime
  • Use known multiplication facts to multiply by multiples of 10, 100 and 1000. g. 3 x 4 = 12, 30 x 4 = 120.
  • Multiply and divide whole numbers and decimal numbers by 10, 100 and 1000.
  • Recognise and use square numbers and cubed numbers.

It is important that all children going into year 6 are able to quickly recall all of their times tables (up to 12 x 12) and their corresponding division facts. This will aid many other areas of maths.

Suggested Website Links: (Stage 2 Maths Problems)





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