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The teaching of Mathematics at Bishop Loveday School follows the statutory guidance of the National Curriculum.

The main intent of the Maths curriculum is threefold and aims for pupils to:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils have conceptual understanding and are able to recall and apply their knowledge rapidly and accurately to problems
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
  •  solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

In addition to these fundamental aims, we strive to endow children with a love and enjoyment of exploring Mathematical pattern, seeking and exploring and gaining a sense of awe and wonder of the importance of Maths in our natural and man-made world. In Maths lessons, children are encouraged to develop Growth Mindset skills such as perseverance, and resilience which are crucial for later learning and life skill.


Mental Maths 

Revisiting mental work at different times during a daily maths lesson or even devoting a whole lesson to it from time to time, helps children to generate confidence in themselves and a feeling that they control calculations rather than the calculation controlling them. Opportunities should be made to introduce short periods of mental arithmetic and number facts in other lessons or outside lessons for example when changing lessons. Regular short practice is essential – 'if you don’t use it you will end up losing it!’ Teaching Children to Calculate Mentally - Department for Education 2010

The daily maths lesson contains a rich variety of mental maths skills. Children enjoy learning key ‘snappy facts’ through songs, games, quizzes and practise with their partners.

We actively encourage parent support with learning at home. Please see the 'snappy facts' overview grid to find out the skill or fact you could help your child improve this term.

Multiplication Tables Facts

Children are encouraged to begin learning their tables as soon as they are able to count in groups. 

The table below gives a rough idea which age particular tables are introduced.

Year Table/group counting focus
EYU No tables – children practise counting in 1s, 2s and 10s
1 Begin to learn 2x and 10x tables continue counting forward/back in 1s, 2s, 10s


Recall the 2x, 5x and 10x tables with increasing speed and accuracy

Begin to link related division facts


Recall the 3x 4x and 8x tables with increasing speed and accuracy

Keep revising tables taught in previous years (1x 2x 5x 10x 3x,4x 8x) 

Begin to link related division facts


Learn 6x,7x,9x,11x and 12x tables facts and related division facts

Summer pupils sit the Term National Multiplication tables online check  (please see the government parent information leaflet)

5 & 6

Keep practising all tables and related division facts. 

Begin to use tables facts to recall decimal multiplication facts and multiples of 10, 100 and 1,000.  Learn divisibility rules. 

Learning and Assessment of Times Tables

The Friends Of Bishop Loveday Parents Committee (FoBLS) fund a yearly subscription to Times Table Rockstars, which is a fun way of learning tables while competing in a virtual Rockstar world.

Children are assessed and tracked weekly using a progressive set of speed tests which they work through. Once they have achieved full marks they move up to the next level.

At the end of Year 4, children take part in the National Multiplication Tables online test. 

This online assessment consists of twenty 5 second multiplication facts which children answer using iPads. The results are reported to County. The test data is also used to identify children requiring further support consolidating tables knowledge in Year 5.