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Maths at Pirton Hill

Our aim at Pirton Hill, is for every child to enjoy and understand Maths. This will develop confident mathematicians, able to understand numbers, calculate fluently and apply skills in a wide variety of different situations. We strive to achieve this through a broad and balanced Maths Curriculum which meets the requirements of the 2014 National Curriculum for Maths.


Learning Sequence

At Pirton Hill, we believe that children not only need to learn a wide range of Maths skills, they also need to master these skills. In order to achieve this, skills are taught in a three step approach where the children experience Maths practically before moving to pictorial and written formats.


For example: Jack has 3 cars and Sam has 1 car. How many cars do they have altogether?





Using real objects.


Using pictures and visual representations.


Using numbers and symbols.

​​        ​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​           ​​​​​​​ 3 + 1 = 

The delivery of Maths at Pirton Hill is supported by the use of White Rose Maths. This is a scheme influenced, inspired and informed by the work of leading maths researchers and practitioners across the world. White Rose Maths brings together a team of highly experienced and passionate maths teaching experts to support schools. The scheme is built around the need for children to master skills and knowledge. It has been written with 5 key principles in mind to ensure all children have access to high quality teaching and learning. These principles are:

  1. Teachers reinforce an expectation that all pupils are capable of achieving high standards in Maths.
  2. The vast majority of pupils progress through the curriculum content at the same pace. Differentiation is achieved by emphasising deep knowledge and through individual support and intervention.
  3. Teaching is underpinned by methodical curriculum design and supported by carefully crafted lessons and resources to foster deep conceptual and procedural knowledge.
  4. Practice and consolidation play a central role. Carefully designed variation within this builds fluency and understanding of underlying mathematical concepts in tandem.
  5. Teachers use precise questioning in class to test conceptual and procedural knowledge, and assess pupils regularly to identify those requiring intervention so that all pupils keep up.


These are principles by which we plan our sequences of lessons, keeping at the core the idea that all children are capable of achieving if the right doors are opened.


What will the children be taught in each year group?


The White Rose scheme of learning is split into sequential units across the year, each with a high emphasis on the teaching and learning of number, forming the basis for all other areas of Maths.


The overview for each year group can be accessed at

Pirton Hill Maths Stars 

At Pirton Hill, we place a strong emphasis on the importance of children having rapid recall of key Maths facts, such as times tables and number bonds. Knowing these facts off by heart (automatically) frees up the children’s minds to concentrate on the more difficult concepts of reasoning and problem solving.


The learning of key Maths facts is supported by Maths Stars. The programme has been specifically written for the children of Pirton Hill to help them to improve their mental maths skills in a challenging but fun environment. 


There are 14 levels for the children to work through and they receive a badge and certificate in assembly each time they pass a level. Once each fortnight, every child takes a 10 minute Maths Stars test at the correct level for them. After they have completed the test, the children take their tests home so that they can celebrate their successes or practise questions they found tricky ready for the next attempt. Once they have passed the test twice in a row they will have completed the level and progress.


Numbots and Times Tables Rockstars


To further support learning and automatic recall of number facts we provide the opportunity to all learners from Reception to Year 6 to play Numbots and Times Tables Rockstars in school and at home.


Frequent practice is essential to develop and embed these skills - little and often is the key.


Numbots is primarily aimed at Reception and Year 1 supporting development of number bonds and addition and subtraction knowledge.


From Year 2 upwards the children progress on to Times Tables Rockstars to develop automatic recall of multiplication and division facts.



Maths Policy (February 2018)

Written Calculation Policy (November 2019)

Pirton Hill primary school will reopen to all pupils on Monday 8th March - please check weduc for important updates

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