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.

It is vital that the needs of all of our pupils are met in order for them to access the National Curriculum, make good progression and to reach their maximum learning potentials. In order for this to happen, the use of concrete materials, the learning environment and scaffolds have an important role to play in allowing teachers to model or demonstrate representations of mathematical ideas, and in supporting children’s developing mathematical understanding and thinking. These are used to aid the teaching and learning in daily maths lessons, from EYFS up to Year 6.

To ensure that maths is appreciated and enjoyed at Garfield School, we arrange many maths related enrichment days and events. In the past year, these events have included a whole school Maths Day, ELC Maths Competitions, Times Tables Rock Stars tournaments and breaking numerical World Records. These events are integral to raise the profile of maths in the school. Due to the success of these events, they will be repeated in the next academic year. In addition, a few years ago, successful yearly ‘Maths Story Weeks’ took place, where each year group planned and taught a weeks’ worth of maths lessons, based on a story related to maths. This linked closely to other subjects including: 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.​

Here is a list of websites and apps that you can use at home to aid the learning of maths at home. 

Maths Websites and Apps for Children and Parents

Here are questions that you as parents can ask your children that relate maths to every day scenarios and situations

Every day life maths

Calculation Policy

New Garfield Calculation Policy

Parents’ Maths Workshop

Times Tables Rock Stars

Times Tables Rock Stars is an interactive and engaging maths related website which has a carefully sequenced programme of daily times tables practise. Each pupil is assigned a ‘Rockstar’ that they can personalise and they will take part in musical ‘Rockstar’ competitions, events and concerts. Every time they log on and participate in these games, they will earn coins and rewards, which can be spent on items from the online shop. In addition, we participate in inter-school, local and nationwide tournaments. Each pupil from Years 2 – 6 has an online account and it has been proved to be extremely popular! It is a fantastic way for pupils to practise their times tables and related division facts and is used by many primary schools across the UK.

​Year 1 – counting in 2s, 5s and 10s
Year 2 – recall 2x, 5x, 10x and 3x and division facts                                                                                                          Year 3 – recall 2x, 5x, 10x, 3x, 4x, 8x and division facts
Years 4, 5 and 6 – recall of all tables up to 12×12 and division facts, students should then be able to use these known facts to solve other questions.



Maths Long Term Plans

Reception Small Steps Autumn

Year 1 Small Steps Autumn

Year 2 Small Steps Autumn

Year 3 Small Steps Autumn

Year 4 Small Steps Autumn

Year 5 Small Steps Autumn

Year 6 Scheme Steps Autumn


Primary Maths Challenge

On Wednesday 15th October 2023, several pupils in Year 5 and 6 took participated in the National Primary Maths Challenge. It is a nationwide competition for young mathematicians, who have to use their reasoning and problem solving skills to answer a series of challenging questions. After completing some practice questions, they spent 45 minutes undertaking the challenge. Their confidence, positive attitudes and dedication really shone, and they all did themselves extremely proud. We will have to wait for their results to be published to see if any pupils make it through to the bonus round in February 2024! Well done to these pupils once again!

 England Rocks Tournament

What a maths-tastic week it has been for the pupils in Years 2-6! Each pupil has taken part in this year’s England Rocks Tournament over three days, with enthusiasm and confidence. It has been so fantastic to see! I would like to say a HUGE thank you and well done to everyone who participated – your hard work and dedication hasn’t gone unnoticed. 

The winning class with the highest average score of 363, is Hummingbird. The class with the second highest average score of 341, is Grasshopper, and the class in third place, with an average score of 195, is Tiger.

In each class, these were the pupils with the highest scores:

Grasshopper: Yousaf 2402

Hummingbird: Esmir 1714

Marigold: Muqades 1336

Tiger: Nubaid 637

Flamingo: Laaibah 166

Lavender: Isabella 119

Sapphire: Aarin 56

Congratulations to all of our class and pupil winners! You will be presented with a special certificate in assembly next week!

Keep your eyes peeled for the next TT Rockstars tournament in the New Year…

Times Tables Rock Stars Live Times Tables Show!

An exciting maths announcement! On Wednesday 18th May, it was National Numeracy Day. In order to celebrate this maths-tastic day, every pupil in Years 1-6 took part in a Times Tables Rock Stars session streamed live on YouTube. It was an action packed 20 minutes, where the children learnt some dance moves, sang a chant, and practised their times tables. It was led by some famous TV celebrities too. Most importantly, they worked in collaboration with the Guinness Book of World Records to try to break the world record for the most amount of viewers taking part in a rolling number programme. All of the children had a fantastic time and it was such an achievement to be part of a new world record with over 5200 viewers!

Maths Working Walls

In each classroom, there are colourful, interactive and informative displays for each of the core subjects taught in the school curriculum. It is extremely important that teachers mount a working wall display related to maths. These displays often help to build a culture of learning within and beyond the classroom, inform students and visitors about the school’s curriculum and areas of study and allow children to see written methods for calculations, while absorbing the mathematical language used in a particular area of the subject. Please take a look at the photographs of some of the fantastic maths working walls around our school!

Maths working walls January 2023

ELC Maths Competition

Following on from the success of the Year 6 ELC Maths Competition a few weeks ago, on Wednesday 23rd February, four pupils in Year 5 took part too. They were competing against six other schools in the local area. They worked extremely well as a team, solving difficult problems and mathematical challenges. It was a great afternoon and was thoroughly enjoyed by all those taking part! A MASSIVE Garfield well done to Aris, Kaira, Nehthra and Ramiz!

On Wednesday 9th February, four pupils in Year 6 participated in the ELC Maths Competition. They were competing against six other schools in the local area. They had to work as a team to investigate challenging word problems and use their mathematical knowledge and skills to solve detailed puzzles. It was a fantastic afternoon and was thoroughly enjoyed by all those taking part! A HUGE Garfield well done to Sofia, Nikola, Riyad and Ike!


Maths Poetry Competition!

Maths Poetry Competition Winners

I would like to say a HUGE thank you and well done to all the pupils who took part in this competition! Your maths poem entries were fantastic and I enjoyed reading through each and every one of them! You have all worked incredibly hard on these, and I am so impressed.

The winners from each class are listed below, along with their winning maths poem entries!

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!

Maths in Year Groups


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.

Maths National Curriculum—years-1-and-2

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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