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At Dorridge Primary School we aim to inspire children with an enjoyment of maths and foster a ‘can do’ attitude to the understanding of the subject.

Following the introduction of the new National Curriculum in 2014 the emphasis has been to ensure that all children:

Maths Symbols

  • Become FLUENT
  • REASON and EXPLAIN mathematically

Maths is taught as a daily lesson, in ability groups (Years 2-6), in line with the programme of study detailed in the National Curriculum for Mathematics.

Web icon Mathematics programmes of study: Key Stages 1 and 2

We follow the White Rose Scheme of Learning to support the teaching of Mathematics at Dorridge Primary School. This involves teaching children using carefully selected models and images to support their learning. The lessons are carefully structured to move in very small steps, and to include a variety of ways of presenting the maths. The idea is to teach each concept in depth, before moving on too quickly. Our overall aim is to build a culture of deep understanding, creating confident, happy and resilient mathematicians who relish the challenge of maths.

The emphasis on the problem solving and reasoning elements of mathematics are a key part of White Rose Maths. This incorporates teaching children to talk about how/why they have completed problems in such a way. Our aim is to create critical thinkers who can articulate their own mathematics, and we do this through our mastery curriculum.

For parental interest, the following document contains yearly overviews for each year group of the White Rose Maths Scheme of Learning.

PDF icon White Rose Maths Year Group Overviews (Years 1 - 6)

Calculation Policy

The following documents, from White Rose Maths, explain how the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) are taught progressively from EYFS to Year 6.

PDF icon Calculation policy guidance

PDF icon Calculation policy

Maths Homework

At Dorridge Primary, Mathletics activities are assigned weekly for our pupils’ Maths homework. All pupils in Years 1-6 have logins for the Web icon Mathletics website, which is a safe and engaging learning experience, full of games and rewards. Login details should be in their home school organisers. 

A couple of documents giving more details are available from the following links:

PDF icon Dorridge Primary Mathletics Guide for Parents

PDF icon Mathletics Primary User Guide (from the Mathletics website)

When supporting your children at home, the Oxford Owl website have some useful videos to use. The videos help with various number and calculation topics and are packed with lots of handy hints and tips.

Web icon Oxford Owl videos


In the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), children are provided with opportunities to:

  • practise and improve their skills in counting numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems
  • describe shapes, spaces, and measures

Fun Maths Resources

  • Maths Rockx (A favourite of Miss Farrington’s!) This is a fantastic app to help children learn times tables by singing to well-known music. This is available on both Apple and Google app stores. Please note that this is not a free app. It is available as an educational version, which removes in-app purchases but does still have a cost.
  • Squeebles A range of fantasic apps, also available from app stores, to support learning times tables, telling the time, fractions and calculations. Again, please note that these apps are not free.

Other useful, free, Maths games sites can be accessed using the links below. Please note that, as these are external sites, it is possible that they may change or disappear without warning! They are suitable for children across the school.

Web icon Maths Champs

Web icon Primary Games - Maths

Web icon Top Marks - Maths

Web icon Primary Interactive - Maths