At Lovelace Primary School we love maths and see it as an essential life skill. We are committed to ensuring that children have a positive and meaningful experience of mathematics throughout the school. We offer a curriculum that secures essential knowledge and skills whilst giving the children many opportunities to use and apply their mathematical skills across the curriculum, through real life problem solving and mathematical investigations. 'Mathematics is a strength of the school.' (OFSTED 2015)

Progression in Mental Calculation Skills

The ability to calculate in your head is an important part of mathematics. It is also an essential part of coping with managing every day events.

The ‘Progression in Mental Calculation Skills’ describes the progression in the number facts that children should derive and recall, the calculations that they are expected to do mentally and the range of calculation strategies or methods that they can draw on.

Lovelace Maths Calculation Policy

At Lovelace Primary School we recognise that children need a range of calculation strategies which are efficient, accurate and reliable. Through our carefully developed calculation policy children are given a 'toolkit' of strategies which enable them to calculate confidently. Some of these methods will look different to the methods you were taught as a child. Please feel free to come in and ask questions about the methods we are using.

Interventions and Extensions

At Lovelace Primary School we monitor the children's progress carefully and organise extension groups for children who are ready for an additional push whilst also giving regular small group support to those children finding the subject challenging. Some children have additional 1:1 support to develop their personal mathematical skills. More able children in upper KS2 have the chance to attend a local secondary school to work with secondary school teachers and children from other schools. Girls in Years 5 and 6 have the opportunity to take part in Kingston borough maths quizzes.


Every child from Year 3 to Year 6 is signed up to the award winning Mathletics website and given a personal password to give them access. This interactive website is full of helpful guidance, games and challenges. Homework is set for each child weekly on Mathletics as it is a great resource that inspires the children to rehearse their maths skills at home.

Children in KS1 have a ‘maths challenge’ each week based upon the non-negotiables or particular areas of maths we have been learning in school.

How parents and carers can help?

Every parent and carer can do their bit to help inspire their children to be successful in maths by:

  • Help them practice their times tables and other non-negotiable targets. Remember to use the Mathletics website to help you- there are some cracking times table songs and live Mathletics helps with quick mental maths recall- little and often is best!
  • Come to curriculum evenings and maths workshops to see how your children learns different ways of approaching maths in school, to pick up tips and have some fun.  See 'Supporting Your Child at Home' information sheets for additional games and ideas.
  • Show your child that you like the subject giving them the confidence that they can do it too- especially girls.
  • Go shopping with real money (not a credit card) so that children can experience using coins, paying bills and experiencing ‘change’.
  • Let children play maths at home- whether it is using litre jugs in the bath for measuring liquids or weighing ingredients in the kitchen- real life practise really helps children to understand how to estimate measures and apply knowledge.
  • Play board games like Snakes and Ladders, Monopoly, Pop to the Shops, Top Trumps etc
  • Help children to understand how to use bus or train timetables, maps, co-ordinates by playing ‘Battleships’
  • Teach children how to tell the time- ask questions: What time is the TV programme they would like to watch? When does it start?....When does it finish?....How long is it on for?