At Tarporley CE, we strive for all children to develop a thirst and enthusiasm for learning mathematics 'Letting their Light Shine' through our BOOKS approach.


Through a mastery approach (applying skills across different contexts) to the teaching of maths, we aim to ensure children are given a deeper and broader understanding of the key mathematical concepts in small progressive steps rather than being accelerated quickly through new content.

We believe this approach ensures that all children can achieve. We want to inspire and excite children in their learning and help them to learn and remember more so that they are confident with the skills and knowledge needed to continue their maths journey as they progress through Tarporley CE and beyond. We want to provide children with a progressive and coherent pathway through their maths learning to ensure opportunities are given to develop this. 

The school is working in partnership with a DfE funded mastery project with a number of other schools involved (North West Maths Hub). 

In order to support your child with their maths effectively at home, and let their light shine in this area, it is helpful to understand the methods we use to teach them at school.

The Maths calculation strategies that we use in school develop as children progress through the year groups. It is important that children have a secure understanding of mathematical concepts before they used formal written methods of calculation. The calculation strategies and mathematical vocabulary that we use at Tarporley CE Primary can be found below.

To support children's understandig of new mathematical concepts, we start by using concrete resources (using apparatus such as counters or Numicon), then using pictures to represent their thinking (drawings, part-whole models or bar modelling) before finally completing calculations in a more abstract way (calculation number sentences). This method applies in all year groups.

At every stage, it is paramount for children to explain their reasoning about how they are calculating. This includes how they know an answer is or isn't correct and why they used a particular method for the calculation.

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