Mathematics at Vale View

At Vale View maths is taught daily. We have high expectations for all our children and make lessons fun, interactive and relevant for all pupils.

In our Early Years we use an approach to mathematics teaching called Singapore Maths. According to international rankings for secondary, Singapore teaches maths better than most countries including the UK. This difference starts at an early age. There are many reasons but one key factor is its step-by-step approach that can be used at home or in the classroom. Young children are happy playing with blocks or drawing pictures. But they can find number symbols like 5 + 2 = 7 mystifying!

The Singapore method begins by allowing children to start learning about maths by playing with real objects, blocks or cut-out pictures. They build confidence with the basic ideas of adding and taking away. There is then a second stage of drawing pictures representing the objects. And only later do they gradually start to add numbers to their drawings.


Beyond the early years our children build on their learning using our Effective Mathematics curriculum. This is underpinned by highly visual and practical approaches to mathematics and is fully aligned to the expectations set out in the National Curriculum 2014. This approach has a strong base of evidence to show it really develops knowledge and understanding for all pupils including our most able.

Children must be exposed to different representations of mathematical concepts in order to embed understanding, as well as manipulating known number facts through missing number scenarios. There is a strong emphasis on maths talk and learning key mental basic skills, such as number bonds, multiplication facts and the inverses. The expectations of the National Curriculum have changed and whilst it is important to challenge all pupils, we must also ensure that children are making progress towards mastery level by having opportunities to reason about number and recognise patterns and relationships; which will only be the case if pupils are taught how to develop these skills.

The effective maths approach is supported further by the use of Maths no problem textbooks, which are based on the Singapore approach. These textbooks have been endorsed by the NCETM; (National Centre for Excellence in Teaching of Mathematics) who are working in collaboration with the Maths Hubs (The Maths Hubs are being funded by the Department for Education and their purpose is to develop the quality of maths teaching and support for teachers across the country.)

To support your understanding, we shall be running workshops about calculating methods for parents. Please wait for the forthcoming events for details and dates. Sometimes, the methods of calculating we teach are different from those parents and carers used when they were at school. You may therefore find it useful to look at our Calculation Policy. If you have any questions about the policy or mathematics in general, please do speak to your class teacher or make an appointment to see our maths subject leader via the main office.

See the link below for more information on the Effective Maths website: