At Gisburn Road Community Primary School we endeavour to ensure all children develop a positive and enthusiastic attitude towards mathematics that will remain with them throughout their lives. We also aim to ensure children enjoy mathematics learning and experience the enjoyment of playing with numbers and solving problems.

Although key skills in maths are organised into year groups, mathematics is actually taught through a ‘stage not age’ approach with a comprehensive calculations policy that is taught consistently throughout the school. To be fluent in mathematics we believe they require quick and accurate recall of facts. Children will be given half termly targets for mental maths through our KIRFs system, or Key Instant Recall Facts which are assessed regularly and will often be part of the children’s maths home learning. You can find out your child’s maths target by looking in their home learning book.

How we teach maths

Mathematics teaches children how to make sense of the world around them through developing their ability to calculate, reason and solve problems. It enables children to understand relationships and patterns in both number and space in their everyday lives.

At Gisburn Road School we aim to present maths in a way that is:

  • Relevant to the child’s experience
  • Meaningful
  • Accessible
  • Challenging
  • Achievable
  • Enjoyable
Full maths policy Maths calculations policy



How we teach addition, subtraction, multiplication and division at Gisburn Road…



Solving Problems/Using and Applying

Problem solving and the using and applying of mathematics is an important part of maths at Gisburn Road. Amongst others, we use the websites below to support our teaching.


Primary Resources- Word and Real Life Problems  

Primary Resources- Investigations

Primary Resources- Money Problems

Top Marks Problem Solving

Teachers TV Problem solving– Real Life Problems

MathsZone– Using and Applying

BBC- Using and Applying