Maths at St Sidwell's School

National Curriculum Documents
Calculation Policies and Progression Document

At St Sidwell’s, White Rose Maths provides the skeleton and foundation for our maths teaching from EYFS into Year 6. WRM provides a progression that teachers use in order to ensure that they are in line with the National Curriculum Expectations through Years 1 -6 and that they are able to follow-on from the teaching and sequencing of prior year groups and also prepare children by linking to the teaching of the following year groups

Throughout, there is an emphasis on ensuring mastery, embedded understanding and fluency, before moving onto the next stage in the progression. Each year group will be exposed to and encouraged to develop, their understanding through manipulatives, pictures, abstract representations (CPA) including mathematical symbols and numbers, and a growing mathematical vocabulary.

Children will be taught to how to apply mathematical strategies and how to choose which is best- suited to solve particular problems and they will develop skills in discussion and explanation as they reason about their maths.

The White Rose Calculation Policies support teachers and school staff in ensuring that there is consistency throughout the school. As highlighted above, children should be able to demonstrate a thorough understanding in each stage of their curriculum – problem solving, fluency and reasoning- before progressing to the next stage. Teachers support this by using thorough assessments and at St Sidwell’s, we have introduced further diagnostic assessments to support teachers in making accurate judgements to enable them to help children to address any gaps in their mathematical learning by implementing further support and scaffolding.

Children at St Sidwell’s receive opportunities to discuss their maths, to make and explain decisions about how to solve problems efficiently and to do so with accuracy. As stated on our Curriculum page, our aim is for our children to become confident mathematicians who enjoy and embrace the subject and its challenges, make connections between what they know and what they are learning and all the while understanding the importance of maths as a key element of their education. The progression in learning encourages depth and readiness before attempting next stages.

The progression document below needs some updating and we will review this very soon in line with White Rose Maths. However, what it does show, is how the maths teaching builds upon prior knowledge  and generally provides a clear overall picture- with some recent adjustments in the order of teaching,  which is on the whole within year groups.

The government have recently produced "Ready-To Progress" criteria and these, although non-statutory, provide further support to teachers  in determining the basis for solid foundations in mathematical understanding- the 'must-haves' if you will- to really ensure a thorough grounding for students looking to progress.


Home Support

Prior to, and during, the pandemic, individual teachers at St Sidwell’s would produce class videos for strategies in areas that they felt would best-support their class and parents at home. White Rose spotted the need for this, and below is a link to some of their videos, as well as supportive documents, to help you understand how we teach various maths topics and strategies at St Sidwell’s school.

Of course, you can still speak with your class teacher, or Mr McLeod, should you wish any further support or advice with your child's maths.

Year 4 Multiplication Tables Check

In June 2019, a new year 4 Multiplication Tables Check (MTC) was trialled across the UK and is statutory for 2020. 

The purpose of the MTC is to determine whether year 4 pupils can fluently recall their multiplication tables. The MTC is focused on the fluent recall of multiplication facts. This is included in the national curriculum (2014) statutory programme of study for mathematics for key stage 1 and key stage 2. The national curriculum states 'by the end of year 4, pupils should have memorised their multiplication tables up to 12 x 12 and show precision and fluency in their work'. 

The MTC will be delivered as an online, on-screen digital assessment and will take each pupil less than 5 minutes to complete. 

 Please see the parent's information guide below for more information and the links to games and other activities to support your child's preparation for the test: 

Times Tables Rock Stars

TT Rockstars


To support our children to learn and become confident with their times tables, KS2 use a website called 'Times Tables Rockstars' (TT Rockstars). The website contains lots of games with a rock star theme which support the children to recall times tables facts and increase their speed when answering these questions. 

The children all have their own avatar and earn coins for correct answers so that they can buy their avatar new things. We use TT Rockstars in lessons during the week and also advise children to practise as part of homework (Battle of the Bands). 

As well as earning coins and moving up the rock star statuses online, we also reward children within school. After completing a weekly Battle of the Bands (between different year groups, or different genders), the winners can choose a reward with their class teacher. In weekly celebration assemblies, there is also potential to get a certificate for improving or having the most points. 


When they first login, your child will choose their own rock star name and design their own avatar before starting to practise. There are two single player modes to play:

  • Garage - this is the main mode the children should play. The questions wil only come from the times tables that the teacher has set. As pupils start to answer questions, TT Rock Stars works out which facts they take longer on and will give them more of these questions to answer. 
  • Studio - these questions can be anything from 2 x 2 to 12 x 12. TT Rock Stars calculates the mean speed from their last 10 games in the Studio and translates this into a Rock Status. 
  • Jamming - here they can choose times tables to concentrate on- usually those that they are not so confident in

 There are also multi-player modes:

  • Rock Arena - this allows players to compete against all other members of their Band or Class (their band mates would need to join the same game in order to complete together). 
  • Rock Festival - this is open to players from all around the world. The questions are selected at random from 2 x 2 to 12 x 12.

 If you would like any more information about how to help your child with their times tables, then please speak to their class teacher.