Maths Zone

Mathematics teaches children how to make sense of the world around them through developing their ability to calculate, reason and solve problems.
Mathematics is essential to everyday life and a high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.


We will be teaching the children the following essential characteristics of mathematics whilst at English Martyrs:
• Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics and building a strong understanding of number.
Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, understanding relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
Solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

Select the following documents to see the progression overview for Years 1 to 6, which states what the children will be learning in maths in their year group, what they learnt in previous years and what they will be learning as they continue their school journey.

If you would like to find out more information about the current National Curriculum for maths, you can access the full curriculum here

Strategies to support learning:

Here at English Martyrs we use many different strategies to support each individual child’s learning.

Calculation Policy
Mathematics Policy


At English Martyrs we use a range of manipulatives to support learning in Maths. The key manipulatives that we use across the school are Numicon, Dienes and a range of different counters. Using manipulatives helps to raise achievement across all mathematics ability levels. We use manipulatives to:

  • Develop fluency by using a visual, practical base to develop conceptual understanding and fluent recall.
  • Help children to reason mathematically through the use of concrete objects and spoken language to explain and justify.
  • Develop children into confident problem solvers.

Short Sharp Bursts

Short Sharp Burst is an in class intervention that supports children to develop the fundamental maths skills that they need to make good progress in their learning. The children work in a small group with an adult on specific targets to help them develop fundamental maths skills such as the rapid recall of number facts or to develop number sense. The activities are designed to be hands-on, short and fun.


We have signed up to Abacus, an active learning online toolkit, which has been designed for both teachers and pupils, and has been carefully crafted to support the new primary maths curriculum. Pupils receive a username and password so they can access all the fun and engaging games to support their learning at home. Click here to log in to your active learn account.

Supporting your child at home

Take a look at our calculation policy here.  This will give you an overview of the key skills taught in each year group as well as some suggestions for supporting your children at home. The policy gives examples of how we teach the different operations as well as exmaples of te mathematical language that we use in school.

Maths in action

Below are some useful links to help your child practise their times tables: