Maths at Rickley Park


The Learning Sequence to secure Mastery of Maths

At Rickley Park we strive to ensure that all children have truly mastered a Maths skill rather than simply learnt it.  As part of learning any new concept in Maths we believe it is essential for children to experience the Maths first before trying to simply solve abstract questions.  To embed the learning we use the following sequence…

A simple example of this might be…

Q. Sarah has 5p and Michelle has 7p. How much do they have altogether?


Mental Arithmetic

Children practice their arithmetic skills on a dailt basis.  However, to ensure that the children are practising the correct skills - building on the previous year - we have developed a focus for the arithmetic work each half term. These are known as Key Instant Recall Facts (KIRFs). 

To help you support your child's learning at home, and help them to achieve the expected level, we have produced a simple one-sided guide to each Key Instant Recall Fact for you to use.  Of course, you are also able to go back to previous KIRFs to check that your child knows those too!

  Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Year 1 1A 1B 1C 1D 1E 1F
Year 2 2A 2B 2C 2D 2E 2F
Year 3 3A 3B 3C 3D 3E 3F
Year 4 4A 4B 4C 4D 4E 4F
Year 5 5A 5B 5C 5D 5E 5F
Year 6 6A 6B 6C 6D    



Please download the current Calculation Policy here

Rickley Park Calculation Policy

Problem Solving

All probelm solving is about understanding: 

  • What is known already and what we need to know; and
  • Whether we know the parts and are trying to work out the whole or whether we know the whole and need to try and find out one of the parts.

At Rickley Park we use a range of ways of showing Maths pictorially.  One of these is in the bar method (sometimes known as the Singapore Bar Method). The bar method relies on the children representing the problem using rectangles – identifying what they know already and what they need to know. The children still need to use their mental or written methods to calculate the answer but it assists them with understanding the problem. 

A simple example of this might be: 

Q. Sally buys a punnet of 24 strawberries for the shop.  She eats 16 of them. How many does she have left? 

Click here to download more information on Problem Solving using the Bar Method 

For some example problems for your child's year group - please click on the relevant link below: 

Year 1 Year 4
Year 2 Year 5
Year 3 Year 6


Maths Policy

For more information on our approach to Maths or our Maths curriculum please download a copy of the Maths Policy below:

Click here to download the Maths Policy

Maths Assessment

For more information on the end of year expectations for each year group in Maths please click on the relevant link below:

Year 1 Year 4
Year 2 Year 5
Year 3 Year 6


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