Sandal Castle VA Community Primary School

A Church of England school serving the Community since 1686

Headteacher: Mrs Nichola Russell
Telephone: 01924 303525
Address: Barnsley Road, Sandal, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF2 6AS

Diocese of Leeds
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Learning to read so we can read to learn and gain pleasure is at the heart of all areas of the curriculum. Early reading is therefore our first, foremost and central priority in school so all children are readers. Books are enjoyed and used across all curriculum areas as highly valued hooks, tools and a way of escaping in to other worlds, times, places and situations.

Welcome to our Mathematics Page

Maths at Sandal Castle Primary School is taught through a variety of different strands for which you will find information and evidence using the various tabs:

  • Non-negotiables- daily teaching of the underpinning maths concepts required within the curriculum for each year group.Children practise a range of skills such as counting, times tables, doubling and halving and mental arithmetic.

  • Maths Lessons- daily teaching of the maths content prescribed within the national curriculum.Children are taught to use a range of practical resources to support their learning and bring maths to life in the classroom.Within maths lessons children engage in a wide range of activities to secure and deepen their fluency, knowledge of mental and written methods of calculation, ability to use and apply their learning in a range of concepts, reason logically and solve increasingly complex problems.

  • Teaching Resources– As part of our commitment to providing the very best maths education experience for all children, we have worked hard to source a range of high quality resources to support staff in planning and delivering lessons to challenge and meet the needs of all learners.These include:
    • White Rose Maths planning materials which use mastery teaching techniques to allow children to secure understanding and progress logically through the curriculum.
    • Maths No Problem and Power Maths are two high quality text books which are closely aligned to the White Rose materials and allow staff to access a range of examples to inform their planning.
    • Maths for the More Able contains resources designed to provide challenging opportunities to work at greater depth in maths.
    • 1stclass@Number and On Track Maths are resources which support children with specific gaps in their maths knowledge and are designed to be used by skilled practitioners to close these gaps and thereby accelerate progress.

  • Cross-curricular reading- using challenging and inspiring texts to engage children in their learning within maths lessons.

  • Continuous Provision- the integration of maths learning within all areas of the school day.Children engage in a range of maths activities on a daily basis which are embedded in practical, real-world contexts e.g. telling the time, using a thermometer to read the temperature, measuring angles.

  • TT Rockstars – Children have access to TT Rockstars online to allow them to independently practise their times tables both in and out of school.The charts are read out in assembly with children receiving recognition for their achievements.The Year 6 children have the opportunity to enter the TT Rockstars Rock Wrangle, which sees schools from across the region (primary and secondary) compete to win a prestigious prize.

  • Maths Club and TT Rockstars Club – In response to the children’s requests during Pupil Voice discussions, after school clubs run by key Maths Faculty staff to provide further opportunities for children to learn and enjoy maths based activities.

  • MyMaths- A new initiative for September 2018 which allows children to learn independently both in school at home.Further information coming soon!

  • Active Maths-A fantastic programme of supplementary maths education provided by a qualified teacher from Elite Kids Coaching through the medium of P.E.Children take part in engaging, physically active lessons which reinforce the maths curriculum for their year group.

  • Maths of the Day- Teaching key concepts through daily practise and exploration.A new development for September 2018.Further information coming soon!
  • Morning Maths –A daily opportunity for children to consolidate their skills in key areas of maths with a particular focus on the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division).

Our Interactive Fraction Wall

Children are enjoying visualising and playing with our interactive fraction wall


In Maths, we have been developing our understanding of the numbers to 1000. We have been experimenting with a range of mathematical apparatus to deepen our understanding. We can now represent 3-digit numbers in a wide range of ways including base 10, part whole models, counters and place value charts!

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This is 3SE maths group taking part it a ‘properties of shape’ lesson. We have learnt that an angle is a measure of a turn and here we are finding right-angles within objects from our classroom. We will continue our learning journey by identifying right-angles within shapes next week.

Maths Working Walls

Maths on the Move

Recent research shows that only half of seven year olds are meeting physical activity guidelines. They are sedentary for six hours or more each day. This is creating long-term issues for children’s future health and wellbeing. Inactivity may also lead to problems at school. Behaviour issues, poor concentration levels and low attendance due to sickness can be linked partly to low levels of physical activity.

Aspire has been working with primary schools in the Midlands to overcome these issues since 2005. They deliver tailored and personalised programmes that are specifically designed to meet the needs of each and every school they work with.

We have been chosen by Aspire and the Association for PE to host a 'Maths on the Move' Conference on the 13th June 2018. Take a look at the video below to find out more...

In addition, our children and staff will also have the opportunity to access the Mighty Maths Programme. Mighty Maths is a fun and engaging maths fluency programme for primary school children which supplements teaching and learning in your classroom. Built on academic research, it uses physical activity to support attentiveness, cognitive function and retention of key concepts in maths. The video below explains more ...

Maths Club

A few examples of our children being engineers at our after school Maths club!

Chris Quigley CPD - Spring Term

Staff have recently attended Chris Quigley Continuous Provision training with a focus on increasing ' incidental learning ' across KS2. The following examples evidence how the training attended has been put into practice during year 5 ' Tinker Time. Each table has a different set of Maths/building equipment to work with. Children explore angles, shape tesselation, shape nets, vertices, sides and faces, shape translation, symmetry etc through the equipment, peer collaboration and adult questioning.

Working with Kettlethorpe High School

Year 7 pupils at Kettlethorpe High School were asked to design and make a board game to inspire learning in Maths for upper key stage 2 children. A group of Y7's visited our Y5 children this morning to test out their games.

Continuous Provision in KS2

In addition to daily Maths lessons where children work in ability groups, continuous provision and incidental learning opportunities are planned and carried out whole class throughout the day, for example, five minute sessions every hour responding to time questions using clocks which are out permanently on tables, using measuring jugs to carry out useful classroom tasks and then working in teams to respond to measurement questions once a day for a few minutes, writing the date in Roman Numerals in every lesson, completing a Beat That mental maths challenge every day outside of the Maths lesson, investigating 2D and 3D shapes daily so that although these activities may only take a few minutes- children can tell the story of the chosen shape by the end of the day.

We've been learning about the place value of decimal numbers up to three decimal places

Maths Objectives Y1-6

Maths Progression Map

Using and Applying

Oxford Owl

Oxford Owl have some great resources for learning at home. Use the website link below to find out what you can do to help develop your child's maths skills from early years through to year 6.


Making maths real!

Based on a proven concrete-pictorial-abstract approach, Numicon encourages children to explore maths using structured imagery and apparatus in order to understand and explain mathematical concepts:

  • Gives children confidence through demonstrating how and why they arrived at their answer
  • Easily assess understanding by watching and listening to what children do and say
  • Flexibility to use alongside existing resources, or as a complete maths programme

Follow the link to access Numicon Flash Cards

Numicon Flash Cards

Here are number cards 0-20

Numeral Cards 0-20

Check out the new BBC Bitesize Primary website for Maths activities to support learning; Numbers, Shapes and Movement, Measurement and Handling Data

Have a look at these great KS1 guides;

Supporting your Child Year 1

Supporting your Child Year 2