Bishopsteignton Primary School

Cockhaven Close, Bishopsteignton, Devon TQ14 9RJ

01626 775 873

  1. Learning
  2. Curriculum
  3. Maths



The mathematicians of Bishopsteignton will: 

  • have mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding that will enable them to make connections across mathematical ideas. 
  • not only be able to ‘do’ their maths (Fluency) but should be able to; explain it (Mathematical reasoning), apply it and show their understanding in different ways. (Solving increasingly sophisticated problems)
  • Use their mathematical skills and knowledge within all areas of the curriculum. 

With all of this we aim for children to become confident, young mathematicians who have developed a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about maths.


 We have carefully chosen White Rose teaching scheme to enhance the teaching and learning of maths in Bishopsteignton. 

White Rose supports and enriches the teaching and learning of mathematics by; 

  • Supporting teachers in their knowledge and understanding. 
  • Providing consistency and progression from EYFS all the way through to UKS2 and onwards to KS3 (approaches and methods and vocabulary).
  • Providing planning and a wide range of resources.
  • Ensuring fluency and retention by making connections across ideas and revisiting. 
  • Promoting  depth of understanding not just procedural but conceptual. 

Teachers at Bishopsteignton use White Rose to support their professional understanding of maths and teaching. They have the flexibility to present and complete the coverage of the small steps in the best way for their class to; target needs of children, create an excitement about maths and enable deep learning.


Please click on the titles below to see how the knowledge and skills progress in all areas of maths and how we teach the calculation areas of maths across the school. The methods and approaches we use and the progressions in skills and knowledge.

EYFS       KS1 and KS2 progression                          Addition and Subtraction              Multiplication and Division 

FLUENCY in Maths and KIRFs

At Bishopsteignton, children develop their fluency during the week. This may take place during; maths questions in morning challenges, starters in maths lessons or focus arthimetic sessions in KS2 . No new concepts are introduced during these times. Instead, it allows children to recap prior learning related to key areas of maths including: number, written and mental methods for the four operations, fractions, times tables and number bonds. Part of developing children's fluency is supporting them in learning and increasing their speed in their Key Instant Recall Facts (KIRFs) in maths. 


' I like it when we have drawings and equipment to help us work out our maths because this helps' Layla 

' I enjoy maths when there are many possibilities and you have to work out the solution. This is challenging but great when you get the final answer' Ollie

' I like how we have different ways to help us understand a calculation like bar model or part-part-whole because it helps show it'  Paige 

' Its good when we have a pre-teach activity or a few recap questions because it helps us remember and makes new learning easier' Hugo 

 What have you achieved in Maths this year?

'Pushing myself on to the next challenges. Probably division and using bus stop method. I ‘wowed’ myself when I worked on my own rather than with anyone else.' Joe

'Trying to work on my division and times tables. I used to hate doing that because it was hard but now it’s fun and easy. I’ve got better at my times tables as I was struggling with them but now I’m getting better with Mrs Smith’s help.' Ella

'I have got better at explaining stuff in Maths. I knew how to work out the answers but I didn’t know how to explain the answers so I have improved on that.' Ed

How do you challenge yourself in Maths?

'I try to explain to people when they are stuck on the questions. I try to explain in a clear way when people need help to understand. I would try to show more than one way to solve the problems. Sometimes my friends might find another way so I will try this. I also try the inverse to check my answers.' Ed

' The challenges really help because they help you start in your comfort zone but then give you confidence to step out of it' Paige