Help for parents Maths


At Shilbottle Primary we believe that mathematics equips pupils with a uniquely powerful set of tools, and develops an ability to calculate, reason and solve problems. It enables children to understand and appreciate relationships and patterns in both number and space in their everyday lives. We believe that maths should be purposeful and children are made aware of its importance in real-life contexts.

It is our aim to develop:

  • A growth mindset towards the subject of mathematics
  • A positive attitude towards mathematics
  • Learners who are resilient and embrace challenge
  • A secure foundation of number fluency from EYFS to Year 6
  • Competence and confidence with numbers and the number system and other mathematical knowledge, concepts and skills
  • Mastery in mathematics – learners who can reason, think logically and work systematically to solve problems, both independently and with others
  • Learners who can communicate using sophisticated mathematical language

Our approach to teaching and learning mathematics

At Shilbottle we use Planbee (KS1) and Maths no problem (KS2) materials to plan and deliver high-quality mathematics lessons to our children. We are dedicated to enabling our children to achieve academic mastery in mathematics and we do so through the use of a Concrete – Pictorial – Abstract approach to learning mathematics. This enables our children to build solid foundations in their understanding of maths, which is vital in order to master the subject.

Supporting your child at home

  • Learning key number facts - It is vital that children learn their key number facts such as number bonds and times tables. This can and should be done at home as well as school and it is important that such number facts are practised and recited regularly.
  • Mathletics – Mathletics is an online maths platform that enables children to develop their maths learning through the use of fun games, activities and challenges. All children at Kender have access to a Mathletics account and should access this regularly at home to develop, practise and consolidate their understanding of key areas of mathematics.
  • Maths in real life contexts – Enabling your child to see the uses and benefits to mathematics in everyday life is very important and there are countless opportunities to allow your child to demonstrate what they have learned. Shopping, cooking and baking are great activities that can bring classroom learning into a real life situation.