Handcross Primary


We aim to provide a stimulating and exciting learning experience for children in mathematics and are developing our mastery approach to teaching mathematics. We are also pleased to be part of the Sussex Maths Hub ‘Mastery Readiness’ programme which is aiding us in our development towards teaching for mastery.

 The purpose of mathematics in our school is to develop children’s:

  • positive attitudes towards the subject and awareness of the relevance of mathematics in the real world
  • competence and confidence in using and applying mathematical knowledge, concepts and skills
  • ability to solve problems, to reason, to think logically and to work systematically and accurately
  • initiative and motivation to work both independently and in cooperation with others
  • confidence in their communication of maths where pupils ask and answer questions, openly share work and learn from mistakes
  • ability to use and apply mathematics across the curriculum and in real life
  • an understanding of mathematics through a process of enquiry and investigation


Year 4 having fun making 2D shapes on the playground





Careful planning and preparation ensures that throughout the school children engage in:

  • practical activities and games using a variety of resources
  • active tasks to improve engagement as well as health and fitness
  • problem solving to challenge thinking
  • individual, paired, group and whole class learning and discussions
  • purposeful practise where time is given to apply their learning
  • open and closed tasks
  • use of IT to practise fluency skills


Year 5 using resources to represent cube numbers 




Recognising achievement

We like to celebrate children’s particular achievements in mathematics in our weekly celebration assemblies with certificates for learning certain times tables. We also have monthly ‘Times Table Rockstars’ (TTR) assemblies where certificates are awarded to the top 3 children in the school who have: made the largest improvement in their speed; got the most correct answers; or earned the most coins on their account. The children absolutely love TTR and regularly use it at school and can also access their accounts at home by logging into https://ttrockstars.com/login (there is also an app you can download instead).

More able pupils in the Juniors also have the opportunity to be selected to attend maths challenge days throughout the school year hosted by Christ’s Hospital.

How to develop children’s mathematical skills at home:

Practising children’s mathematical in real life situations can be done whenever, wherever! For example, when:

  • shopping – adding up costs, estimating the mass/capacity of items
  • cooking – measuring ingredients, cutting food items into fractions
  • playing with toys – counting, dividing (sharing with friends)
  • planning the day – telling the time, calculating time durations
  • using apps/websites – ‘Hit the Button’, ‘Times Table Rockstars’

Maths Resources

Whole School Year Group Examples - Addition

Whole School Year Group Examples - Division

Whole School Year Group Examples - Multiplication

Whole School Year Group Examples - Subtraction