Maths at Woodland

Maths is one of the key elements of the primary curriculum. At Woodland Primary all children take part in daily Maths lessons which are taught in line with the National Curriculum.  As of September 2014, schools across the country are teaching the new and revised National Curriculum.

In the new and revised Maths Curriculum there are many changes including a larger focus on number.

The New Curriculum is set out into 6 sections:

Number - including Number and Place Value, Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication and Division and fractions (including Decimals in Years 4, 5 and 6)


Ratio and proportion (Year 6 only)

Algebra (Year 6 only)

Geometry - including Position and Direction


Guided Reasoning

The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils.....become fluent.....reason mathematically.....and can solve problems.' (National Curriculum 2014)

The new National Curriculum places increased emphasis on children's ability to 'reason mathematically' and 'problem solve by applying their understanding'. It is not possible to teach children the answers to all mathematical questions, we can however teach them the skills set which will make this possible. Children need to be given the opportunity to further develop mathematical ideas and concepts in open ended tasks. By doing so a child will deepen their understanding  of math's and begin to make the very important links between concepts and apply these links in a range of situations.

Guided Group Reasoning is a means by which you can make this happen.

Guided Reasoning currently takes place in years 2 and 6 each Friday. Sessions last an hour, split into three 20 minute slots. Over the course of a fortnight each group will take part in a teacher guided group session, with other groups carrying out a mixture of follow-up and independent problem solving activities.


Big Maths      


In addition to daily Maths lessons at Woodland Primary all children also take part in daily ‘Little Big Maths’ (Foundation stage),’ Big Maths’ (years 1-6) sessions.

BIG Maths is a teaching approach that makes progress in maths easy and fun. BIG Maths has been extremely successful both nationally and internationally with thousands of children learning through daily BIG Maths ‘CLIC’ sessions and the weekly ‘Beat That!’ challenge.




BIG Maths is a teaching approach that makes progress in maths easy and fun. BIG Maths has been extremely successful both nationally and internationally with thousands of children learning through daily BIG Maths ‘CLIC’ sessions and the weekly ‘Beat That!’ challenges. Big Maths includes a variety of characters to make maths more fun and child friendly. These characters live on Planet CLIC and all work together to make maths make sense.

Little Big Maths in The Foundation Stage:

In the Early Years, children are taught numeracy using ‘Little Big Maths’ techniques; these include games, stories and songs. The children follow very small steps that allow the children to make progress at the appropriate level.

Teaching and learning promotes social skills and develops the mathematical understanding of young children through stories, songs, rhymes and finger games, board games, sand and water, construction on a large and small scale, imaginative play, outdoor play, cooking and shopping, 2 and 3-D creative work with a range of materials and by observing numbers and patterns in the environment and in daily routines. Practical equipment is used to support the teaching and learning of number calculation.


Big Maths in Key Stages One and Two:

In Years 1 and 2,  children  go on to develop their core numeracy through ‘Big Maths’ where once again they follow small steps to make closely monitored progress. They develop a range of flexible methods for working mentally with number, in order to solve problems from a variety of contexts, checking their answers in different ways, moving on to using more formal methods of working and recording when they are developmentally ready.
Teachers will give demonstrations and explanations, with an emphasis on the use of appropriate mathematical language.


At Key Stage 2, learners build upon the skills, knowledge and understanding they have already acquired during the Foundation Phase and Key Stage 1.

Using ‘Big Maths’ techniques they improve their core numeracy skills through CLIC sessions; Counting, Learn Its, It’s Nothing New and Calculation. They extend their use of the number system, moving from counting reliably to calculating fluently with all four number operations, including in the context of money, in order to solve numerical problems. They try to tackle a problem with a mental method before using any other approach and use written methods of calculation appropriate to their level of understanding.

Visual Calculation Policy

 We would like to introduce you to our Visual Calculation Policy. The policy has been developed specifically for our school’s needs and shows clear progression of calculations within the 4 operations: Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division

The extensive set of visual posters take learners from each operation's practical starting points through to formal written methods. The methods follow a clear thought process and show visually how each method should be carried out. These posters are used in all our classrooms and children are able to access the level and method that they feel comfortable with.

We ask that when you are supporting your child with Mathematics at home that you use these methods. We understand they may not all be familiar to you and therefore if you need any further support or explanation, please speak to your child’s teacher.


Click here to download Visual Calculation Policy