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At Great Bentley Primary School, our aim is to inspire an intrinsic love of maths in our children. We value the importance of developing a range of mathematical skills including reasoning; problem solving and mental arithmetic. 

Our problem solving and sophisticated questioning across the school encourages our children to make connections between different mathematical concepts and explain their reasoning behind problems that they face. We value the importance of challenge and encourage our children to challenge their own abilities to continually improve and build on their existing knowledge. 

We believe in the importance of making maths as hands on and practical as possible to give the children the opportunity to apply their learning to a real-life context.

For our children, we have found that when discrete maths skills are taught and then further used to reinforce and enhance other areas of the curriculum, for example in DT, Science, Computing and Art, our children begin to understand how maths can be used in wider life. 

All of these steps are captured in our maths process which is detailed below. 

maths process.pdf


Top of the Rocks: 3rd - 10th October 2022 

tops of the rocks poster.pdf


Upcoming Events: 

More details to follow...

  • 3rd February 2023 NSPCC Number Day
  • 23rd March 2023 World Maths Day

On YouTube, Maths 4 Kids is a great channel that shows a wide variety of techniques involved in maths. Subscribe to their channel, you wont regret it!

It is a brand new channel aimed at showing you all that Maths can be fun and something everyone can do.

You might be a child wanting a bit of extra help; or a parent wanting to understand the methods taught in school today (lots has changed since you were at school!).

Amber introduces a new topic every week, with examples and questions for you to try yourself. Join them on the Maths learning journey.


 Maths Websites for Parents and Children


calculation information for parents 2021.pdf


Times Table Rockstars

Log in to compete against yourself, your peers and across the school to beat your time!

Your teacher will be able to give you your username and password.

You can access this online via the web address below or alternatively, download the app to your Android/smartphone.


What we do to celebrate the children's achievements:

We celebrate the children's achievements weekly in assembly and issue certificates that can be celebrated at home with parents/ carers.


Calculation Policy

calculation policy.pdf

Greater Depth Maths Challenges. Please email them to Year6@greatbentley.essex.sch.uk with the completed challenges attached. 


UKS2 Challenges


KS1 - Mystery at Dragonspire Castle

KS2 - Week 3


In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity

- Albert Einstein

Everything is theoretically impossible until it's done

- Robert A. Heinlein 

Math may not teach us to add love or subtract hate but it gives us every reason to hope that every problem has a solution.  

Please see below for what maths 'looks like' in terms of objectives across our school from EYFS-Year 6.

What will Maths look like in Early Years Foundation Stage?

Numbers as labels and for counting

  • Counting up to ten and beyond, using cardinal numbers
  • Recognising the numbers 1 to 9
  • Counting aloud in ones, twos, fives, tens
  • Estimating a number of objects and checking by counting
  • Matching and comparing the number of objects in two groups
  • Counting out a number of objects from a larger group
  • Positioning items according to their place in a group using ordinal numbers (first, second, third, etc.)


  • Using a number line to count on and back
  • Finding one more or one less than a number from 1 to ten
  • Sharing objects into equal groups and counting how many are in each group
  • Understanding that ‘addition’ means combining and ‘subtraction’ means taking away
  • Finding the total number of items in two groups by counting them all
  • Comparing numbers and recognising which is ‘more’ or ‘less’

Shape, space and measures

  • Comparing quantities and using words such as ‘greater’, ‘smaller’, ‘heavier’ or ‘lighter’
  • Recognising and creating their own simple patterns
  • Naming and describing the shape and size of solid (3D) and flat (2D) shapes
  • Using everyday words to describe the position of objects
  • Sorting familiar objects and describing their differences and similarities
  • Making patterns and building models
  • Putting two or three items in order, according to their length or weight
  • Matching shapes and patterns
  • Building on a basic understanding of time: putting familiar events in sequence; measuring time, using a sand-timer


Maths Curriculum from Year 1 - Year 6


Here are our maths calculation and progression documents:

Addition and Subtraction Calculation Policy

Multiplication Policy

Division Policy

Progression in Fractions