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Maths Calculation Policy


At St Joseph’s we are committed to the engaging delivery of mathematics across the age ranges and curriculum. For children to access the majority of their learning in mathematics, a strong and confident grasp of the four number operations is important; using formal and informal written methods and mental strategies.

We aim to ensure that all pupils:

·        become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics

·        can reason mathematically

·        can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems

We use concrete apparatus such as Numicon and pictorial representations to develop deep, conceptual understanding of mathematical ideas.  We use talk partners which encourages children to discuss their mathematical concepts.





All primary school-aged children are expected to know their times tables up to 12 x 12 by heart and should have mastered their times tables by the end of Year 4. The Government has introduced a Multiplication Tables Check for children in Year 4 and the first test will take place in June 2020. To support the children with this, we have membership of the website, Times Table Rock Stars. The website works on the basis that children need daily practise to get to the top, just like their Rock Star counterparts. It uses music and rewards to help children improve their rapid times tables recall. Over time children also experience the feeling of excitement over performing well.  Teachers in each class can develop a program of times tables for the children to practise. The children are able to answer questions in a timed activity whilst playing by themselves, against their classmates or against children using Times Table Rock Stars anywhere in the world.

Funkey Maths Times Tables

Funkey Maths cards are used from Year 2 to Year 6 to help children learn their times tables. The unique design of the Funkey Maths cards helps children to learn times tables easily. The cards use colour, patterns, shape and position. A wealth of games are played to help the children to remember and recall at speed their times table facts. 


The school subscribes to an online maths system, This system will enable your child's class teacher to set online homework tasks and it can also be used in lessons. It has a wealth of fun mathematical activities to engage the children with maths. 


All of the children from Year 1 to Year 6 have their own personal login number and password to access My Maths at home. 


There is a 'How to Guide' attached below if you should require any support accessing the activities. 


We hope you enjoy using the site. 



RAINBOW MATHS takes place everyday in Key Stage 1. Children  look forward to completing their daily challenge. The task is to complete a given amount of questions in a certain amount of time. The purpose of Rainbow maths is to improve children’s rapid recall of the four operations (+ - x ÷) when applied to basic mathematical questions.


Everyone starts at the lowest part of the scale. When a child can successfully answer all questions within the timescale with no more than the accepted number of mistakes, every day for a week, then they can move up a colour. When they get to the end of the stages they can either go on to the next group of stages or restart depending on the focus of learning (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division).

Elements stages

Rainbow stages

Award stages

Addition and subtraction

Multiplication and division

Division and decimals


+ -




÷ x


+ -






+ -




÷ decimals


+ -




÷ decimals





converting decimals












          Maths Learning in the Classroom

Year 2 learning to use the greater than and less than signs.

Year 2 making 2 digit numbers using a variety of concrete resources.

Year 1 sorting classroom objects by colour, shape and size.