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Number Fluency

Being familiar with number bonds, doubling and halving is incredibly useful to children in helping them to calculate quickly and accurately.  We encourage children in this with our first two maths awards:

Sapphire: knowing number bonds up to 20

Emerald: recalling number doubles and halves to twenty


Times tables

These are a crucial tool in a child's mathematical success.  We encourage the ongoing learning of times tables by encouraging the children to achieve the following times tables awards:


Bronze:  2x  5x 10x

Silver:  3x  4x  6x

Gold:  7x  8x  9x

Platinum:  11x  12x  13x

Diamond:  two sets of playing cards turned over in turn and multiplied together


The children are given two minutes to answer 40 random calculations – using playing cards to generate the calculations.  Certificates and stickers are given out in Celebration Assembly.


Progression in Calculations

The documents outline the progression in calculations for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.


Each document includes:


  • Key principles for each operation that children should understand;
  • Effective models and images to enhance the learning of each operation;
  • Development of key vocabulary for each operation, from Year 1 through to Year 6.

There are also silent videos showing the examples being worked through for KS2 (year 3 - 6).


Big Maths

20 minutes per day is dedicated to CLIC (Calculation, Learn-It, It's Nothing New and Calculation).  Children take part in the Learn-It and CLIC Challenges on a Friday, aiming to beat their score.

Progression in Calculations Resources

KS2 Addition

KS2 Subtraction

KS2 Multiplication

KS2 Division