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At Birches Green Junior School, we see mathematics as an essential skill which contributes to everyday life. As stated in the National Curriculum, maths is ‘critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment.’ Therefore, the purpose of mathematics in our school is to develop all areas of children’s mathematical understanding and to encourage a passion and curiosity within the subject.

To do this we aim to:

  • provide a stimulating, exciting mathematical environment
  • deliver maths in line with national curriculum guidelines
  • develop children’s awareness of maths in all areas of life and promote the idea that maths is crucial for understanding the world around them
  • develop fluent mental and written strategies
  • encourage children to explain their thinking using the correct mathematical vocabulary
  • provide children with regular opportunities to talk about maths with peers and develop a curiosity around maths
  • secure children’s basic understanding of mathematical concepts before broadening this knowledge using reasoning and problem solving activities.
  • challenge children and encourage them to explore their own understanding and thinking
  • ensure children are mathematically ready for the next stage of their learning by the time they leave Year 6


The way we teach Maths at Birches Green Junior School is based on a mastery style approach which is taken from the White Rose Maths Hub schemes of work. These schemes are adapted to suit the needs of the children we teach. Children take part in an hour long maths lesson each day and within these lessons all children are given the opportunity to develop fluency, reasoning and problem solving. The emphasis in lessons is to make teaching interactive and to engage all children by encouraging them to talk about mathematics.


Therefore, our lessons involve:

  • CPA (concrete, pictorials, abstract) opportunities,
  • mathematical discussion (talk partner or group work),
  • investigations,
  • reasoning activities,
  • explanation tasks, 
  • problem solving,
  • practical experiences,
  • practice of arithmetic skills.

Children are given the opportunity to explain their mathematical thinking through written answers after exploring concepts and ideas.



Times Tables

At Birches Green Junior School we believe that children’s knowledge of their times tables is crucial. Therefore we use a fun approach, through Times Tables Rockstars, to help children learn all of their tables and make sure they can recall facts rapidly. Children begin their rock journey as Wannabes and work through different stages, such as Unsigned Acts to Headliners, in their quest to become a Rock Hero. The only way to improve their rock status is to learn their tables and answer more questions in the quickest time possible. 



Whilst attending our school, children will have access to Mathletics: a powerful and captivating online learning space which provides children with the opportunity to develop their maths skills inside the classroom and beyond. Children will receive Mathletics usernames and passwords at the start of the year. By logging on, they will be able to practice fluency against other children or the computer in Mathletics live, complete extra homework tasks set by their teacher and spend their hard-earned credits on different items for their avatars. 

Calculation Policy

Methods in maths often change and new approaches may seem alien to parents. At Birches Green Junior School, we have a calculation policy which helps track the methods which children will be using in class for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. This may be useful when helping children with calculations in maths at home. A copy of the policy can be found here.

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