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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, Year 1 and children who are working on these objectives have logons for this. In Reception and Year 1 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.


j2e is a collection of online educational tools specifically designed to engage, motivate and inspire. j2e is an online, fun, creative environment. Play j2blast supports children’s fluency with their arithmetic and times tables.  Enjoy using any of the other toolkits too. Nursery to Year 6 will have logons for this.

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

KIRF (Key Instant Recall of Facts)

KIRF have been designed to support the development of the mental skills that underpin much of the maths work in schools. This is part of a national drive to improve mental maths. Every half term, each year group will have a focus and by the end of each half term, children should know those facts. The aim is for them to recall these facts instantly. It is expected that the children will learn and practise these in school AND at home.  Every half term a letter will be sent home explaining to you what the KIRF is for that half term, what it looks like, some examples of the type of questions and vocabulary expected and resources you can use to help support you children in learning that KIRF. Some children may not be yet secure with the previous year groups KIRFs and therefore will be working on those instead, until they are ready to move on.

Calculation policy

At King Athelstan we recognise that children need a range of calculation strategies which are efficient, accurate and reliable. We have updated 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. The policies are attached below. 

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 KIRF targets (see below). 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

  • Vikings coming to visit Y5
    19 November 2018
  • Parent/Carer Forum
    20 November 2018, 2pm
  • Y1 trip to Kingston Market
    21 November 2018
  • Y4 trip to the British Museum - Moved to 13th December
    29 November 2018
  • Reception trip to the Rose Theatre
    11 December 2018
  • Y3 Tate Photography Project
    12 December 2018
  • Y4 trip to the British Museum
    13 December 2018
  • Nursery Christmas Singing
    17 December 2018

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Remembrance Pebbles
8 November 2018

We have been remembering those who lost their lives during WW1....