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At Littleport Community Primary School we are committed to delivering a lively and engaging mathematics curriculum. 

We believe that maths gives children a powerful set of tools to help them understand the world around them.  These tools include logical reasoning and problem solving skills, as well as essential basic skills of calculation and number work. We also believe that children learn best when they make links between maths and real life.  We aim to provide children with the opportunity to use their mathematical thinking across the curriculum and as part of their outdoor learning.


This page will give you the chance to see some of the exciting maths we have been doing at Littleport.  There are also useful website links and a downloadable version of our new calculation policy.



Calculation Videos


We are delighted to now have our video guides to Key Stage 2 calculations online.  Simply click the video to see the children show you how to use the calculation methods we use in school.  They really are brilliant at explaining each method in a simple step-by-step way.


We hope you can use these videos, along with our calculation policy, to help your child feel more confident with maths in Key Stage 2. 


Please note that some of these methods are only taught in years 5 and 6 and we do ask that year 4 children stick with the methods they are currently being taught.  If you're not sure, please check with your child's teacher.


We hope you and your child find these videos helpful.  Please feel free to pass comments on to Miss Hoal (Maths Leader).

Number line subtraction

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Column subtraction - Years 5 and 6

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Grid method multiplication

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Short multiplication - Years 5 and 6

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Chunking method for division

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Bus stop division - Years 5 and 6

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Maths Drop Ins Spring 2015

It was lovely to see so many of you at our recent drop in sessions on multiplication and division.  The aim of these drop ins is to help you understand our methods and make you feel more confident about supporting your children with maths. 


If you haven't had a chance to attend yet, we hope to see you at future sessions.  In the meantime, if you have any questions please see our calculation policy below or ask your child's class teacher.  We are always happy to help!


We were delighted to hear some of your comments about how useful these sessions were and how much your children enjoyed working with you in school:


'It's really useful so I can follow things up at home in the right way'
'Seeing the methods helped me understand them better too'
'I really enjoyed the time with my daughter. It was really helpful. It showed new ways to do Maths, other than we used at school'
' Very helpful. I enjoyed joining in and it will really help with doing work at home'
'Really useful to be able to understand the current methods and work with your child in class'
'I found it really useful as it gave a useful insight into current Maths techniques'
'Very useful to see how Ben is being taught so we can use the same methods at home'
'I really enjoyed this morning's Maths session in class, so lovely to see how my daughter is learning and to be able to practice the techniques they are using'
'Very helpful. Lots of tips I didn't know'





We hope they helped you to understand our methods and feel more confident about supporting your children with maths.  We will be holding more drop in sessions in the not too distant future but in the meantime, please ask your child's teacher if you have any questions.  We're all happy to help!


The calculation policy is available for download below.  If you would like a paper copy, please see your child's teacher.

How you can help your child at home  


  • Give lots of praise and encouragement.  Play games and have fun with maths!
  • Be positive about maths even if you don’t feel confident about it yourself.
  • Explain that it’s okay to make mistakes – they help us to learn!
  • Talk and listen to your child about their work in maths.  It will help your child if they have to explain it to you.
  • Talk about and use maths in everyday situations.  For example, telling the time, baking a cake or using money in a shop.
  • Count!  Daily counting makes children more confident with number and can easily be done without pencil and paper.  You could count lots of different things, including the people in a queue, cars in a traffic jam and items in a shopping trolley. 
  • Practise times tables!  Knowing these well helps with so many other areas of maths.  There are times table songs you can practise on Mathletics and lots of games you can play on the other useful sites.


Useful Websites

Calculation Policy - A guide to the methods we use at LCPS for the four calculations.