'Mathematics provides a way of viewing and making sense of the world. It is used to analyse and communicate information and ideas and to tackle a range of practical tasks and real life problems'.

From: 'Curriculum Guidance' published by the DfEE.


Mathematics is an essential part of everyday life. Here at East Ardsley, we aim for children to develop a positive attitude to mathematics. It is an interesting and enjoyable subject in its own right and across the curriculum.

Mathematics is fundamentally a practical subject and therefore we develop the children's knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of mathematics through practical activity, exploration and discussion.


"That's not the way I used to do it."

Click here to view short videos from Pudsey Primrose Hill School, of the calculation methods we teach.

Big Maths

Throughout the school, we teach using the 'Big Maths' scheme which provides a structured progression in teaching maths skills. As part of this scheme, each class has daily CLIC sessions which involve regular practise of:

  • Counting (e.g. in 2s, 5s)
  • Learn Its (e.g. X tables)
  • It's Nothing New (applying known facts to other contexts)
  • Calculations (+, -, ÷, x)

The children also complete quick tests to challenge them to remember these things quickly. These tests start at the end of Reception.

Click on the picture below to find out more about Big Maths.


Useful Links and Resources

Below you will find important documents and links that will help your child with their maths education.


Mathletics - Mathletics is a fabulous website which involves a yearly subscrition. It provides your child access to continued and fun learning around the clock! The activities are differentiated to allow all children to access the activities. Children can even compete with other children around the world!


Topmarks - Just enter a keyword into the search tool and you will find a wealth of games. It is also great for other areas of the curriculum.

Year 6

Have a go at the Mental Maths tests below in preparation for the real thing!

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