New Bolsover Primary School

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At New Bolsover Primary School we like to make Maths as fun and as practical as possible. In Nursery and Reception we teach both inside and outside the classroom, using different resources, playing different games and learning counting songs.  Children are encouraged to represent items through marks or pictures and then move onto forming numbers correctly and with the correct orientation. We spend a long time making sure the children have a good understanding of numbers and are able to use them confidently in their play. We teach the children number bonds so they understand the amount and how it can be made in different ways. The children are also introduced to Number blocks which is a CBeebies programme backed by National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM). The programme also teaches part, part whole methods of calculation and subitising (recognising an amount of objects or marks without having to count them).

Throughout school we follow the White Rose scheme of work and enhance it with other resources, websites, activities and engaging games.  The scheme uses concrete, pictorial and abstract methods of learning and examples of these can be seen in the calculation policy.

At the core of all Maths lessons at New Bolsover Primary School, we enable children to demonstrate fluency, reasoning and problem solving, building on previous knowledge.  Lessons are carefully planned sequentially to enable children to master key concepts and then apply their knowledge to solve problems, scenarios and longer calculations.  Teachers and LSTs use questioning to check, assess and challenge children's understanding and expect children to articulate their explanation using mathematical vocabulary.

Children in Year 4 take part in the national times tables assessment and are equipped to pass this through building on their times tables knowledge from Year 1.  

Have you ever been stuck helping your child complete their Maths homework? We know that the methods children use now are so different to the way you were taught at school. Here is our Calculation Policy so you can see our methods.


Concrete learning

Children of all ages and abilities are encouraged to use equipment where appropriate to calculate, measure or check their work.

Pictorial learning

Children are encouraged to draw pictures or shapes to embed their learning or prove their answers.

Abstract learning

This involves writing number sentences using the symbols for the different operations.

These types of learning are used throughout the school from nursery up to year 6 and children are encouraged to show their understanding using the different ways of learning to reinforce their own understanding and become more fluent in their work.

Children are taught arithmetic and then they are taught to apply their knowledge through problem solving and reasoning.


We use lots of websites to enhance our teaching and learning which include:

Salamander Maths

Purple Mash (Nursery to Y6)



Classroom Secrets

Catch up and Keep up

To help children recover from missed learning due to lockdown, we are helping the children in a variety of ways.

Pre-learning intervention – Some children are given extra help prior to lessons to help them understand vocabulary, how to complete different calculations or practise different operations in order to engage and participate fully in following lessons.

Morning activities – Whole class teaching allowing the children to consolidate their learning in a similar way to prior lessons. This is also an opportunity to work on some problem solving to apply newly learnt calculations.

Consolidation interventions – This is usually done in small groups where the children are given the opportunity to go through learning already done in lessons but where they haven’t totally understood the new teaching. Due to the smaller groups, the children have more of an opportunity to ask questions, use mathematical vocabulary and work on any misconceptions they may have made.

Active Maths

We try to plan for some kind of active maths on a weekly basis across school.  This can be anything from moving around the classroom or hall, to orienteering around the school grounds solving problems.


Vocabulary in maths is a big focus in our school and we are making sure we teach the meaning of words, use it as staff and help the children to use it in their explanations.  Children work in mixed ability groups and are encouraged to embed this learning into every day life.

Cross curricular activities

We try to include maths in all areas of learning to reinforce the children’s understanding and make it fun. This may be from timing different activities in P.E. to measuring distances on maps.


Year 4 Multiplication Tables Check

By the end of Year 4, pupils should know multiplication and division facts up to 12x12.  In June, Year 4 pupils will take the multiplication tables check.  For further information, click here.