English Martyrs Catholic

Primary School

A Learning Community in Christ


English Martyrs Calculation Guidance 2019

Year 5 and 6 Maths Talk Oct 2019

At English Martyrs we follow a mastery approach to deliver the mathematics national curriculum. This means that children have opportunities to explore mathematical concepts more detail which in turn develops their confidence and enables them to apply these ideas in different contexts. We aim to teach the children to make links between different areas of mathematics, and above all to enjoy this exploration.


We believe that every child can succeed in mathematics, and work hard to foster this ‘can do’ attitude with our pupils and teach them how to celebrate their successes, and to challenge themselves. Our approach is to break down large concepts into smaller, more manageable steps where children of all ages and abilities can use equipment and pictures to help them develop their understanding.


Each child is an individual who will be supported to learn mathematics in the best way for them, working in partnership with their parents and carers. Your child’s class teacher will be able to give you more specific details about how you can support your child at home and the homework expectations for the year group.

There are study guides and various books available that you may find useful to support your child. If in doubt, please ask. We can recommend ‘Maths for Mums and Dads’ (often available for £3.99 from the Book People online) for helping to explain concepts and many previous parents have found this useful.


Rehearsal and quick recall of multiplication facts continues to be important in the primary curriculum, with a government compulsory test due to be introduced for the Year Four pupils. To support this, we use a variety of games and challenges to help engage the children. For pupils in Key Stage One and Two, they will have access to a ‘times tables rock stars’ online challenge, further details of which will be given to you by the class teachers in the Autumn term.


Our maths curriculum team are Miss Swain for Early Years and Key Stage One, and Mrs Dryden for Key Stage Two. Please do come and see us if you have any concerns or questions. Terminology and the way concepts are taught may well have changed, and we are more than happy to guide you through these changes.


Please find below links to some useful documents.

A parents’ guide to the mathematics curriculum:


National Curriculum programme of study in Key Stage One and Two (scroll through to find the appropriate year group):


National Curriculum guidance on formal written methods in upper Key Stage Two: