St Helen's Primary School

St. Helen's Primary School



At St Helen's Primary School, our principle aim is to develop children's knowledge, skills and understanding of Mathematics through exposure of fluency, reasoning and problem solving in all areas of Mathematics.  

Maths lessons at St. Helen's involve the use of the CPA approach (Concrete, pictorial and abstract) to support both mathematical fluency and problem solving. The use of concrete objects, such as cubes, place value counters and tens frames gives children lots of opportunities to really understand the new skills they are developing. They then represent their ideas in pictures before moving onto numbers and symbols. There is also a lot of emphasis on vocabulary, discussion and group work, to make sure that our children are able to explain their learning and find ways to check their answers.

All pupils at St Helen's are encouraged to apply their mathematical thinking into reasoning and problem solving to gain a deeper understanding of a concept. Pupils are exposed to a range of high quality materials such as White Rose Maths and NCETM that all promote children to reason mathematically. Across all year groups, we also use standardised stem sentences throughout reasoning and problem solving activities to support pupils articulation of their mathematical reasoning. 

Mathematics Long and Medium Term Plans

Year 1 Plans

Year 2 Plans

Year 3 Plans

Year 4 Plans

Year 5 Plans

Year 5/6 Plans

Year 6 Plans

Calculation Policy

St Helen's Calculation Policy

Times Table Rock Stars

It is the expectation that all children know their all of their times tables by the time they leave Year 4. In summer 2022, schools in England will be required to administer an online multiplication tables check (MTC) to year 4 pupils. In order to prepare our children for the check, we have purchased a Times Tables Rock Stars log in for all children to allow them to practise their times tables in a fun, interactive way online. Your child should have bought their log in home, but if you haven't received it, or you cant find it, then please ask your child's teacher. Follow the link below to access the website:

Times Table Rock Stars


Year 4 Multiplication Check 

In June 2022, Year 4 children will undertake the Year 4 online Multiplication Tables Check (MTC). This check will be completed by all Year 4 children            nationally. The purpose of the MTC is to determine if pupils can recall their times tables fluently up to and including 12 X 12. It will then identify pupils who have not yet mastered their times tables so that additional support can be provided in years 5 and 6.

All year 4 pupils have received a Times Table Flash Card pack to take home to practise their multiplication facts. We ask that pupils practise the flashcards each night and then return the pack by Friday each week for a new set of cards. It is important that pupils engage with this additional learning so that they become fluent in their recall of multiplication facts.

Information about the Multiplication Check can be found below: 

Parental Information Leaflet

Multiplication Check Parental Letter

Parental Meeting Powerpoint