Welcome to Northcote’s Mathematics Page!

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Follow this link for some great online maths games – you can change the level to make it easier or more challenging as you practise a range of maths skills.

Topmarks – speed challenge 

Mathematics Policy 2021-2023.doc


Here at Northcote we take maths very seriously, however we always have lots of fun when we are learning. From nursery through to year 6 we learn through interesting lessons, problem solving, practical activities and our teachers always ensure the right amount of challenge.

We have now signed every child from Y1 – Y6 on to Times Tables Rock Stars.  All children have their own login details.  Here they can practice their multiplication tables in a fun and engaging way.  The children will earn points that they can spend on updating their Rock Star character.  Please speak to your class teachers for more information about this. #rock on #learn your tables.


Our curriculum:

Our Northcote Curriculum is designed with the intent to maximise the potential of all of our pupils; intellectually, socially, morally, emotionally and culturally.  We take every opportunity to encourage a love for learning within all of our pupils, based around a resilience for learning and achieving greatness.  Most importantly we allow our children to learn in a safe and stimulating environment, where their views are valued.

Implementation – Maths is delivered as part of our Core Curriculum. 

Maths is delivered through both discrete maths lessons and through opportunities for purposeful cross curricular links.  For example, reading and interpreting graphs in science and geography and measures in cookery.  Maths lessons are delivered daily and additional interventions are delivered to support children at different abilities.  In addition to maths lessons all Year 2 and KS2 pupils start the school day (8:45 – 9:00) with a 5-a-day session – here pupils have the opportunity to practice the four operations (+, -, x, ÷) and an additional key skill.

As the children move through the school they follow the age related expectations set out in the National Curriculum document.  Skilled teachers adapt planning to meet the needs of all children in their class.  Teachers draw from a variety of resources to create purposeful learning opportunities for the children.  We use the Assertive Mentoring scheme for weekly basic skills teaching and learning.  Here children cover key concepts from their maths learning and are able to practise and master these key skills.  The ongoing teaching and learning of basic skills means that skills and knowledge are regularly revisited.  These inform teachers as to what to include in Oral Mental Starters (OMS) meaning that further consolidation is ongoing.

Classrooms are well resourced with physical maths aides and resources (eg. numicon, place value grids).  All classrooms have a working wall that is updated in line with current maths topics.

In nursery, reception, year 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 children are taught in mixed ability classes by their skilled class teachers.  In addition to this all classes have access to support from a well-trained Learning Support Assistant (LSA), within classes work is differentiated to ensure challenge at and support at all levels.  We also use staggered starts as a teaching strategy to ensure teachers can provide high quality input to all abilities.  Year 6 pupils are taught in 3 smaller ability grouped classes.

Our school works in collaboration with 6 other local schools; here the subject leaders meet and discuss aspects of the maths curriculum, sharing good practice and ideas for purposeful teaching and learning.

Impact –  

End of EYFS, KS1 and KS2 published data shows that our pupils learn well in maths. By the end of the children’s ‘Northcote learning journey’, in year 6, our published data shows that children achieve significantly above national standards with an excellent rate of progress.  We are confident that we prepare our children for the next stage of their education.  Subject and school leaders monitor the impact of our curriculum provision through completing regular monitoring, that includes listening to the voice of our children.


We are proud to be a Liverpool Counts Quality Mark (LCQM) holder, WE GOT GOLD!!!!!! 

Liverpool Counts is based on the successful model of Liverpool: City of Readers and aims to raise standards in numeracy and mathematics by changing attitudes and perceptions through the delivery of the Liverpool Counts quality mark and the promotion of the importance of numeracy as a life skill through business links and cultural opportunities.

The agreed priorities of Liverpool Counts are as follows:

  • To raise standards in mathematics and numeracy with fun and joy of number at the heart of all aspects of the strategy
  • To challenge perceptions and change attitudes towards number and mathematics
  • To raise the profile of numeracy through a range of activities, events and resources with an emphasis on the application to real life contexts
  • To bring relevance to numeracy through problem solving set in local contexts
  • To enhance the delivery of the new national curriculum at all key stages and the early years foundation stage
  • To secure a shared understanding between the phases of education with an agreed common mathematical language and transition projects
  • To promote the use of technology to engage learners
  • To involve parents and the local business and cultural communities
  • To creating a sustainable legacy of a love of numbers

From year 1 – year 6 children learn their multiplication tables and trickier division facts through completing ‘assertive mentoring tables system’  We are all aiming to achieve up to 12X12 by the end of year 4.

Below are the yearly overviews – showing the different topics covered by all year groups in maths.  Please speak to your child’s teacher or Mrs Pitfield if you need any extra information on how you could support your child at home.

The yearly overviews are subject to change throughout the year and will be informed by how well the children are mastering each topic.

Yearly maths overview



Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

The wider maths curriculum


Maths is Everywhere

Topmarks – speed challenge

Practice different aspects of he maths curriculum – try to beat your best time or challenge yourself to a harder task.

Great maths games.
Interactive maths games that will allow you to practice and improve your maths skills.

Multiplication tables – It is so important for our children to learn their multiplication tables.  Please encourage and support your children with learning their multiplication tables.  Here are our expectations for children for the next school year:

Year group

Multiplication tables they should know

Year 1 10, 2
Year 2 2, 5, 10, 3
Year 3 2, 5, 10, 3, 4, 6
Year 4 2, 5, 10, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12
Year 5 All multiplication tables and related division facts
Year 6 All multiplication tables and related division facts

Year 4 Multiplication Check 2023

This year our year 4 children will be completing their multiplication tables check.  We will be doing this during the week beginning Monday 5th June in school.  Your child’s teacher have been working hard to prepare them for this.  Please encourage them to work hard and practise their tables.  Below is some information about the check.  If you would like any other information please speak to Mrs Pitfield or your child’s teacher.  



Year 6 SATS 2023

SATs week will be the week commencing 8th May, however, due to the King’s coronation, SATs will start on Tuesday 9th May. The timetable is below:

Tuesday 9th May 2023 English grammar, punctuation and spelling papers 1 and 2
Wednesday 10th May 2023 English reading
Thursday 11th May 2023 Mathematics Paper 1 and 2 (Arithmetic and reasoning test)
Friday 12th May 2023 Mathematics Paper 3 (Reasoning test)



Our budding mathematicians in the EYFS













Designing our own TV guide, using 24 hour time













Exploring number, shape and pattern in EYFS