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At King Athelstan 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.

Times Tables 

The times tables are the basics of maths. If you know the basics, you’ll find the rest much much easier.

The National Curriculum 2014 states that by the end of Year 4 every child must know their multiplication and division facts up to 12.

Year 2 – 2s, 5s and 10s

Year 3 – 3s, 4s and 8s

Year 4 – All

 When it comes to times tables, speed AND accuracy are important – the more facts you remember, the easier it is to do harder calculations.

TimesTables Rockstars

We use TimesTables RockStars which is fun and challenging way to practise them independently and against your peers and other schools.  Year 2 to 6 have their own logins.

Single player

Garage - the questions will only come from the times tables the teacher has set for the week.

Studio - the questions in the Studio can be anything from 1×1 up to 12×12.


Rock Arena - The Arena allows players to compete against all other members of their Band (their Bandmates would need to join the same game in order to compete together). The questions will only come from the times tables the teacher has set for the week.

Rock Festival - The Rock Festival games are open to players from around the world.  The questions in the can be anything from 1×1 up to 12×12.


IXL is another great way to practice key skills and consolidate what has been taught in class.  Reception to year 6 have logons for this. In Year 1 to Year 6 tasks are set weekly for the children to complete, based upon what has been taught in class.

Please come and speak to your class teacher if you are having any difficulty accessing either of your accounts.

Calculation policy

At King Athelstan we recognise that children need a range of calculation strategies which are efficient, accurate and reliable. We are currently updating the calculation policy so that it incorporates how methods are taught through the use of concrete resources, pictorial representations and then abstract. to enable children 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 King Athelstan 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.

How parents and carers can help

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

  • Help them practise their times tables and other Maths Passport Targets. Remember little and often is best!
  • Come to information evenings to pick up tips and have some fun.  See 'Supporting Your Child at Home' information sheets for games and ideas.
  • Show your child that you like the subject (Please refrain from admitting that you hated maths or telling your children that you are no good at it - it permissions them to feel the same and we don't want that!)

School calendar

  • Y2 trip to Painshill Park
    21 September 2018
  • Y6 Meet the Teacher
    21 September 2018, 3.30pm
  • Y4 Michelangelo Swimming lessons
    21 Sep - 14 Dec 2018
  • Y1 Meet the Teacher
    24 September 2018, 3.30pm
  • Nasal flu jabs Reception - Y5
    26 September 2018
  • Y3 Den Building
    28 September 2018
  • Maths Meeting
    2 October 2018
  • Half-Term
    22 - 26 Oct 2018

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