Mathematics is not just a collection of skills; it is a way of thinking. It lies at the core of scientific understanding, and of rational and logical argument.

 — Dr Colin Sparrow, Lecturer in Mathematics, University of Cambridge

There have been many exciting developments in the maths national curriculum which came into effect at Stoneydown from September 2014.

At Stoneydown we endeavour to provide quality first education in maths that provides children with the foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the relevance of mathematics in everyday lives and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject. The new curriculum outlines a clear set of end of year expectations for each year group and has three main 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.

Click here to see the National Curriculum Mathematics programmes of study: key stages 1 and 2.

Here at Stoneydown we have used the National Curriculum Programmes of Study to write medium term plans for each year group.  Teachers use these medium term plans to write weekly plans to suit the needs of their class.

 Firm foundations in Mathematics

Daily Supported Maths (DSM) is a programme for all Y1 children that has been devised by the school.  It aims to improve attainment and accellerate progress in mathematics ensuring all children have a good grasp of the number system and mathematical vocabulary and language.

The program has been divided into 4 phases; Early Steps (emerging Y1), Phase 1 (developing Y1) and Phase 2 (expected Y1).  Each lesson begins with a mental maths warm up and then a main session.  The daily sessions last for 20 minutes and are designed to be delivered to no more than 6 children in a group.  The mental maths and main sessions can be mixed and matched according to the needs of the children.  



To help develop children’s fluency in mathematics, we ask them to learn Key Instant Recall Facts each half term. We expect children to practise their KIRFs at least 3 times a week.

Cross curricular Maths at Stoneydown

Y5 and Y6 World War Two Ration Book Maths

Problem-solving displays

Bar Model Displays


Handy guides for parents

Understanding progress in mathematics: a guide for parents

Teaching children to calculate mentally - A guide to the progress of skills in mental calculation.
This is what our teachers use to plan for and teach children in their classes.

Numeracy home booklet - Find out how you can help your child at home with maths. This leaflet contains lots of fun and practical suggestions for maths at home and out and about.  

Click on the image to go to the MyMaths website to do your homework."Must Do" parent guide

Click on the links below to view the things that children need to be able to do by the end of each year:

Parent Guide Must Do Year 1

Parent Guide Must Do Year 2

Parent Guide Must Do Year 3

Parent Guide Must Do Year 4

Parent Guide Must Do Year 5

Parent Guide Must Do Year 6

Calculation policies

Have a look at how your child learns to calculate addition, multiplication, subtraction and division at Stoneydown.

 Stoneydown Calculation Policy - All four operations   

2016 written calculations Policy

Stoneydown Oral Calculation Policy

Videos to support our calculation policy


Adding 2-digit numbers without regrouping

Regrouping to add 1-digit number

Adding 2-digit numbers with regrouping

Adding 3-digit numbers with regrouping


Subtracting 2-digit numbers without regrouping 1

Subtracting a 1-digit number with regrouping

Subtracting 2-digit numbers with regrouping

Subtracting 3-digit numbers with regrouping


Grid multiplication as an interim step before moving to a formal written method

Moving from grid to a column method  

NCETM (Please note: access to some videos may need registration)

Maths websites

Please remember that it is parents' responsibility to keep children safe on-line. Check out our parents' page for tips.

My Maths

IXL Maths - This is an excellent website to help children with the things they need to learn in each year group and as homework support.

Nrich Maths

Maths Zone

ICT Games

Count On

Cool Math

Crickweb - free online education resources and games.

Countdown - Numbers and letters game.

Maths is fun

Math Playground

BBC Skillwise



Teaching tables

Thinking blocks

Children in Y1 to Y6 have been working hard to understand how to solve a word problem using blocks or bars to illustrate the problem.  This model of numbers as labelled bars is known as the bar model, and it is a tool children can use to understand almost any concept in maths, including multiplication and division and even algebra.

This is a great website that takes children step by step to solve a maths word problem using the bar model.