Fernvale Primary School

Fernvale Primary School

A place to learn and grow

Somerby Road, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE7 9PR


0116 241 6722



We believe that maths is essential to everyday life and that a high quality mathematics education provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity for the subject. 

Our aim are for all pupils:

  • To become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, through varied and frequent practise so that they are able to recall and apply what they have learnt quickly and accurately.
  • Are able to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations and developing an argument, justification or proof, using mathematical language.
  • Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems.
  • Pupils are taught mathematics through the domains of:
  • Number – place value, calculations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) fractions, decimals & percentages
  • Measurement
  • Geometry – properties of shapes, position and direction
  • Statistics
  • Where possible, links are made to other subject areas and computing is used to enhance the subject.
  • Ongoing assessment is vital in informing teachers of pupils’ next steps.  This may be in the form of informal assessments or more formal tests at the end of each unit and term.
  • Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems.
  • To ensure previous year group concepts are revisited so that children can continue to progress through new taught concepts within their current year group.


  • In the Foundation Stage we follow ‘Development Matters’.  Through this, we use White Rose and the resource ‘Number Blocks’. Number Blocks is a snappy animation and loveable characters combine with engaging storylines to gently introduce concepts of number to support early mathematical understanding. Right from the start, pupils are taught basic skills in numbers and shape, space and measures, through playing and exploring, active learning and creating and thinking critically.  By the end of their year, most pupils have achieved their Early Learning Goals in all areas of mathematics.   At Fernvale, we believe that mathematics is essential to everyday life and that a high-quality mathematics education provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject. 
  • Each year group follows the objectives outlined in the National Curriculum. The White Rose Maths 3.0 scheme is used to support teachers in planning and delivering lessons that meet the year group objectives within the National Curriculum and to ensure that all content is covered by the end of the academic year. Within White Rose Maths, children are exposed to elements of fluency, reasoning and problem solving as the lessons are designed around these three mathematical elements. Regardless of ability, all children should have access to fluency, reasoning and problem solving as well as opportunities to show greater depth of understanding for example through the use of questioning appropriate to the ability of the child.
  • In EYFS the `Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage` and the non-statutory guidance of `Development Matters’ provides the long term planning in EYFS. To support further with their planning teachers have access to the White Rose Maths Early Years resources to support teachers with their lesson planning and provision available.
  • To allow teachers to design a creative and engaging curriculum, we also have access to the following to supplement White Rose Maths:
  • –Primary Stars

    –Master the Curriculum


  • Teachers will revisit and review concepts from the previous taught year group before moving onto current year group content.
  • Within lessons children will have access to concrete manipluatives in order to help them embed and understand new knowledge. Children will have access to concrete resources before moving onto pictorial representations and abstract problems. Children should have access to a range of different variations to support children achieving a deep understanding of a taught concept. Children are also taught to be fluent in using different representations to show their mathematical thinking.
  • Language is a crucial part of mathematics and at Fernvale we ensure that children are exposed to a range of mathematical vocabulary which will be displayed in the classroom (Reasoning Bubbles) and referred to. Vocabulary will be current and used regularly within mathematics lessons. Children are encouraged to explain their thinking and use `because` to demonstrate their understanding. From the EYFS children are encouraged to talk and wonder about mathematics.
  • Mathematics is taught contextually giving the mathematics the children are taught meaning and relevance to daily life. From EYFS mathematics is taught in a context to make learning more personalised and enjoyable for the children.
  • Within Year 3 and Year 4 multiplication facts are reviewed daily to encourage children to be able to learn and recall multiplication and related division facts confidently. During the weel the children carry out Strawberry Jam task to continually progress the children’s knowledge of their times tables. All children have access to Times Table Rock Stars to continually practise their multiplication and division facts.  
  • Within the EYFS and KS1, children have access to Numbots to practise and learn their number facts. Within Year 2 children will begin to transition from using Numbots and moving onto focusing on multiplication and division facts on Times Table Rock Stars.

–Both Numbots and Times Table Rockstar’s can be accessed both at school and at home.

Times Tables

Every child at Fernvaletakes part in our two times tables systems:

Times Tables Rock Stars and Strawberry Jam/Lemon Curd.

Times Tables Rock Stars 

In either paper form or online, is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times tables practice. Every child and member of staff in our school, has a log on to this website. Through this, they can challenge themselves and each other to Times Tables battles. You can even play other children from all over the world! By answering questions correctly, you can earn coins to spend customising your avatar. Make sure you take a look at our whole-school Times Tables Rock Star display in the corridor. If your child has forgotten their log on, please ask them to speak to their class teacher. 

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  • Teachers assess at the end of each unit and at the end of each term for their assessment for learning.
  • Where children are not making expected progress, ‘Grab and go’ sessions will be provided to support these children.
  • As Fernvale follows a mathematics mastery approach it is expected that children will be supported to `keep up` rather than `catch up`. This will ensure that children achieve their end of year expectations.
  • Children will be able to recall their number facts across all operations which will allow children to store these in their long term memory- providing more space within their working memory for new taught concepts.
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