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Our Maths Coordinator at Manea is Miss Gascoigne. She teaches across KS2.


We incorporate all aspects of learning within our Maths at Manea Primary School. We teach Maths to deliver a clear progression of Maths throughout the school, valuing the importance of challenging children.


We support the children with Maths via outdoor learning, mastery, challenges, investigations and incorporating it into other areas of the curriculum.


Our key aims are as follows:

  • Develop children’s fluency with basic number facts
  • Develop children’s fluency in mental calculations
  • Develop children’s understanding of the = symbol
  • Teach inequality alongside teaching equality
  • Use empty box problems
  • Use intelligent practice
  • Expose mathematical structure and work systematically
  • Move between concrete and the abstract
  • Contextualise the mathematics


Please see below our updated Progression in Calculations Document, which displays step-by-step stages of how we teach the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division).  across the school, from Year R - 6.

Manea Progression in Calculations - 2022-Current

Outdoor learning

The children learn Maths through outdoor learning in a variety of different ways. Some of the ways include: practising their measuring skills in the mud kitchen, go on a 2D and 3D shape hunt developing their use of shape vocabulary, an angle hunt, practising their times tables using skittles, and finding fractions of number.


In Maths lessons the children are given a variety of differentiated activities, which allows all the children to meet their learning objectives but at their level which enables them to challenge themselves. Challenge is a concept that is encouraged throughout the curriculum and with each other. We also provided the children with opportunities for reasoning and mastery problem solving questions.


Children are given Maths investigations which enables the children to apply what they have learnt to a variety of situations. They think ‘outside the box’ challenging themselves, developing their Mastery of Maths.

Maths celebrations

Maths is celebrated throughout the school through different ways, such as: TT Rocktars, NumBots and Maths weeks. 


Maths Week - 13th-17th November 2023


For our Maths week this year, each class spent some time outside, completing orienteering Maths challenges. Each teacher decided on a course for their class to complete (Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division or Fractions). 


Cross-Curricular Orienteering helps children practise their mapping skills, whilst being physically active! The children were given a map of the school. On this map, there are numbers 1-25 scattered across the playground and field. The children's task was to locate each station, where once found, was a Maths question to answer. They needed to solve this question on whiteboards and check it was correct by an adult. If correct, they could then move on to find the next station!


Please see some images below - lots of fun was had by all!

Times Tables Rockstars and NumBots

Times Tables Rockstars

We have recently relaunched Times Tables Rockstars and have been celebrating the KS2 classes and individual children who practise their times tables via the Times Tables Rockstars website. Our KS2 classes have been battling each other by playing 'Battle of the Bands'. The engagement in this has been fantastic and the children have enjoyed competing with their friends. Children can also play and practise their times tables by clicking on the play icon at the top of the website page, once they log in. Your child should have received their login details by their class teacher, but please ask them if you haven't received this.


The website can be found using the following link:




NumBots is an online game for our KS1 pupils.  Playing little and often will significantly improve your child’s recall and understanding of number bonds and addition and subtraction facts. These are critical foundations in Maths, so we are excited by the impact NumBots will have. 



Little and often

In order to get the best out of NumBots children should regularly play for short bursts so we would ask you to give them 3 minutes, four five times a week.


Game Types

  1. Story Mode – the emphasis is on learning the ideas and concepts behind addition and subtraction so it features more diagrams, shapes and question styles.
  2. Challenge Mode – the emphasis is more on speed of recall of key facts, like number bonds to 10, doubling small numbers or adding & taking away in your head.


The website can be found using the following link:

Interventions and resources

We recognise that some children may need extra support in Maths. We have different programmes we use to support these children, which include: Talking boxes, Numicon, Shine and First Class @ Number.

How can you help your child's Maths learning at home?


Any boardgame will help your child to move along a number line and a number square at school. Any boardgame with two or more dice will help you child add numbers together.


Below are a list of games you can play at home which can support your child in using and applying Maths:


  • Battleships (this helps with reading co-ordinates)
  • Monopoly (this helps with adding money, working out change, multiplying the number on the dice)
  • Dominoes (adding numbers together, number bonds)
  • Sudoku (strategy game in working with numbers 0-9)


Below are some tutorials to help you help your children with addition and subtraction calculations at home.


Below are photos to support you adding at home.

Stage 3


Below are photos to support you subtracting at home.