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Barrington Primary School

"Supporting each other to achieve together"



At Barrington Primary School, we aim to provide our pupils with a high quality mathematical education, through our maths mastery approach, equipping them with the key skills and conceptual understanding needed to reason and become problem solvers.

We aim to:

  • Foster a love of mathematics and an understanding of the importance of mathematics in their lives
  • Develop pupils’ fluency so they can apply their mathematical knowledge to a range of problems
  • Develop key skills as they move through the school
  • Develop pupils’ ability to reason and problem solve in a range of situations, particularly relating to the wider world
  • Develop pupils’ independence and creating a culture of risk taking in all classrooms


From Reception to Year 4 we use the Mathematics Mastery Programme which is rolling up the school year on year, reaching year 6 in September 2021.

In other year groups, White Rose is used as the basis for planning, with resources such as NCETM and n*rich to support planning.

In addition to a daily Maths lesson classes also have three 10-minute Maths Meets. These revisit prior learning on a regular basis and address misconceptions.

SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural)

SMSC is integral to the teaching and learning process.

At Barrington, we ensure that these aspects are not taught explicitly but embedded into every learning opportunity. 

We ensure that our children have opportunities to:

  • Work as part of a team 
  • Learn to use and apply their knowledge of Mathematics in the 'real world' 
  • Become financially literate
  • Be aware of how number systems in different cultures differ
  • Be aware of the history of number and how it has changed over time. 
  • Create awe and wonder 

Personalised learning

We are a Rights Respecting School 

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child - Article 29
Children's education should develop each child's personality, talents and abilities to the fullest.

At Barrington we ensure that learning is personalised to each and every child.  Approaches to learning in maths include access to physical resources (such as place value counters,bead strings or dienes blocks), visual aids (such as number lines, 10-frames or bar models) as well as abstract concepts (number).  All these methods are available to all children, regardless of their level of ability.  Practise questions and imagery are carefully varied in order to avoid mechanical repetition and encourage thinking. 

Adult-led interventions are targeted towards specific children to consolildate learning, address misconceptions or deepen understanding according to the individual's differing needs.  Some children receive additional support to focus on a particular area of maths through their own Special Educational Needs support plan.


At the end of every key stage, children are assessed on arithmetic and reasoning through Statutory Assessment Tests (SATs). 

It is for this reason that the mastery approach we use is not just focused on calculation skills but also on understanding, reasoning and applying through probelm-solving.  In addition, regular assessment enables teachers to assess attainment against age related expectations and informs individual targets.


Click here for the pdf version of our  Calculation Policy for Mathematics

Click here for the pdf version of our primary glossary

Times Tables

A rapid and accurate recall of multiplication and division facts boosts children's fluency and their mathematical confidence and is in line with the mastery philosophy.  The Government is currently trialling an on-line Multiplication Check for the end of Year 4.  Schools will be able to take the test voluntarily from June 2019, before it becomes mandatory in June 2020.

National Curriculum Expectations for Times Tables are as follows:

Year 1 - count in multiples of 2, 5 and 10.  Use doubles and halve to 10

Year 2 - 2, 5 and 10 (multiplication and division facts)

Year 3 - 3, 4 and 8 (multiplication and division facts)

Year 4 - all up to 12 x 12 (multiplication and division facts)

Year 5 and 6 - revision of all up to 12 x 12

Master of Tables 

Children from Year 2 (Summer term) to Year 4 have a weekly times tables test. 

This personalised system allows them to move through the programme at their own pace, collecting certificates and awards as they go.  It also allows adults to identify any children who need extra support.  Each test contains 60 multiplication and division questions and has to be completed within six minutes.  There are intermediate stages between each level which focus on one multiplication table at a time.  

The levels are as follows:

  • Level 1 - 2, 5 and 10
  • Level 2 - 3, 4, 6 and 8
  • Level 3 - 7, 9, 11 and 12
  • Level 4 - all tables 12 x 12

Children who achieve Level 4 are presented with a Master of Tables badge to wear around school. They are then given post-Level 4 activities which are designed to increase their speed and accuracy.

Click here to see examples of Master of Tables tests.

Pupils in Years 5 and 6 continue to have weekly tables tests (mixed to 12 x 12) in order to consolidate and strengthen their skills.

Our Maths subject Leader is Mrs Carlin