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As Maths Lead, I have recently started sending a termly newsletter or parents. Please find the Spring 2022 edition attached here.

Multiplication tables at Harrowgate Hill Primary School. Our pupils are required to know their multiplication tables by the end of year 4. The document below outlines how each year group from 1 to 5 learn their tables, each year and each term building on the learning from the previous one.

To help motivate our pupils to learn their tables we have recently started a reward system called 'Cracking Good Tables'. This starts at level 1 and finishes at level 23. Each level becomes progressively more difficult. Each level requires pupils to complete a test within three minutes. To advance to the next level pupils must score full marks on their test. For each level a certificate is awarded. Higher levels have special bronze, silver and gold pin badges as a reward.

There are lots of free online games to help your child learn his/her multiplication tables. Below are some examples.


At Harrowgate Hill Primary School we follow a Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract approach to mathematics. This involves ‘Do it’, ‘Draw it, ‘Write it’ for the children. We have many resources in school to develop this approach and our staff use a wide range of manipulatives. From year 2 to 6 we organise our pupils into ability sets in order to ensure those that require more support have access to extra adults. 






By following the Primary National Curriculum for Mathematics we aim to ensure that all pupils:

* become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practise with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately

*reason mathematically following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language

*can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions