At Great Bedwyn School, we aim to create life-long mathematicians who are confident, resilient and creative in their approach to problem solving and who can use mathematics in their everyday lives and apply it to other areas of their learning.

As a school, we follow the 2014 New Primary Curriculum in maths. Pupil are taught to:

  • develop fluency in the fundamentals of maths
  • solve problems, to reason mathematically, to think logically and to work systematically and accurately,
  • use their initiative and to work both independently and in cooperation with others,
  • develop positive attitudes to mathematics and to recognise that it can be both enjoyable and useful,
  • develop a confidence with mathematics which equips them for their future lives and for future employment opportunities.

Maths is predominantly taught as a discrete lesson which generally takes place in classes every day. These lessons may take the form of a cross-curricular maths activity that develops the children’s knowledge of maths in context. In Foundation Stage, children are exposed to maths daily through planned, purposeful play activities and through a mix of adult-focused and child-initiated activities.

Other year group teachers differentiate learning through ‘Chilli Challenges’ which aim to promote a progressive feel to maths – as a measured journey towards deeper mastery.

Growth mind set and positive learning behaviours underpin the teaching of mathematics at Great Bedwyn School.

Further information on the methods used for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division used in each class can be found here:

The Wiltshire Primary Maths Team have put together packs of maths games that can be printed off to use at home:

Times tables are terribly important. Having a good command of these facts makes the more complex calculations in year 5 and year 6 so much easier. We do of course teach the children their times tables in school, however as I am sure you appreciate, you can’t beat frequent practise as a means of locking those facts in to your memory. We believe this is something we can work together on – we can promote the importance of times tables through fun times table challenges and as parents and we hope can encourage your children to do times table activities at home.

A maths information evening was held in January and there was a request for links to resources that could help you at home. This site is free and has lots of activities, games and even traditional worksheets for every times table. has a free times table quiz generator and also has a wide variety of times table games to play online. A search in the app store will also take you to wide variety of times table games. Simply writing out a times table as fast as you can against the clock, jogging on the spot and reciting your times tables aloud or learning times table songs are all good ways to learn your times tables.