Pilgrim's Way

Pilgrims Way Primary
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Maths lessons at Pilgrims’ Way


A true understanding of mathematical concepts relies on the ability to use, apply and problem solve. At Pilgrims’ Way we use our TTT method for teaching maths – Try it, Test it, Take it on. Each maths lesson has a three part structure allowing children time to practice key skills, reason about them and then use them to problem solve.


We continue to teach practical maths throughout the school, building on the exploratory approach throughout the Early Years Foundation Stage in the Nursery and reception year. A daily structured lesson gives children the opportunity to develop mental maths skills and teaches concepts through exciting activities that use real apparatus known as ‘manipulatives’ to enable the children to explore and check their working out. We use very practical learning strategies to teach children money, time and measurement and provide a variety of hands on learning experiences. Photos, discussion and drawing will capture learning and demonstrate next steps.



At Pilgrims’ Way we think it is essential that the children have confidence with number and number operations, because of this we have an extra daily Maths session called MOG (mental, oral games). This short session is run outside of the normal maths lesson and is focused on helping children become more confident with key maths facts. These sessions are usually centred on fun, collaborative games which require rapid recall of maths facts.


Times tables


Our maths targets are currently focused on times tables. Every child will have a times table (or number bonds) target set for them. The order we teach times tables is:

Number bonds to 10

Number bonds to 20













Each term, pupils from Y2 through to Y6 will do a Times Tables Challenge, This tests their knowledge of 2x through to 12x (143 calculations in total). Each term certificates will be given to the children with the most correct and the most improved from the previous term.


National Curriculum - Maths


Hints and tips for helping children familiarise themselves with mathematics:

  • Cooking with a child provides opportunities to use measures - reading scales, converting between units and calculating with amounts all give practical applications of maths.
  • Look at prices and compare amounts when shopping with your child - use receipts to perform various calculations, such as finding the difference between prices.
  • Play board games, such as Monopoly, and dice games, such as Yahtzee, taking opportunities to add and subtract money and numbers.
  • Encourage your child to learn their key numerical facts (see below) as, without these, children struggle to solve problems.  Regularly practice these facts until they are securely known - short, regular bouts of practice help build confidence as spending too long means that boredom sets in.  Even for our eldest children, no more than 20-30 minutes on an activity is recommended at any time.  Addition and subtraction facts to 20 should be learned and applied to word problems by the end of Key Stage 1 while multiplication and division facts, up to 12 x 12, should be memorised by the end of Year 4.  Your child's teacher will give further guidance regarding which key facts should be known by when.
  • Your child needs to read regularly: once (s)he can read for understanding, attempting word-based maths problems becomes much less challenging.

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Hints and Tips for Parents