Maths Support for Parents

Oxford Owl Maths

Please click on the link above to access a wealth of information, ideas and games to help you support your child in Maths. You'll find lots of advice and support, games and activity ideas for how best to help your child develop as a mathematician. There's also information on what is taught in primary school maths lessons, and what some of the 'jargon' means!

Progression in calculation at Keighley St. Andrews 

We teach mathematical concepts through the use of ‘Concrete’, ‘Pictorial’ and ‘Abstract’, (CPA) approaches. By using apparatus, such as counters or bead strings, the teacher can demonstrate a concept using equipment and the children may also use equipment.  The children’s learning then develops to the pictorial stage where they are able to incorporate their concrete work into more recognisable number pictures and patterns.  Finally, the children are able to move swiftly on to the standard form for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, with less and less reliance upon equipment. This is called the abstract stage.


Please click on the link to download the calculation policy.       Calculation Policy

Our Maths Curriculum

Please click on the Curriculum News link to find out what mathematics your child will be learning each term.

Maths Homework

Children, from Year 1 to Year 6, are given a piece of written maths homework, which is related to the work that they have been doing, each week.  

We encourage our pupils to visit the Mathletics website at home to explore and practise mathematical concepts. All pupils from Year 1 to 6 are able to access Mathletics. If a pupil does not have access to the internet at home, they are invited to attend a Mathletics club. KS1 Mathletics club takes place on Monday lunchtimes and is led by Year 6 pupils under the supervision of an adult whereas the KS2 Mathletics club is held after school on Tuesdays.


To find out more about Mathletics please click the link below to download our Parents’ Guide to Mathletics.

 Parents' guide to Mathletics       

Miss Rose's Challenges

Miss Rose sets lots of challenge activities for Key Stages 1 and 2. She also offers useful support and strategies to ensure all children challenge themselves. She has told us that we learn from our mistakes and mistakes make our brains grow!

How many of Miss Rose’s challenges can you complete?

Please remind your child to look for more of Miss Rose’s challenges around school.


Times table challenge

We have a ‘Times Tables Challenge’ award system to encourage the children to learn the times tables. The challenge focuses on rewarding children when they are proficient in a number of times tables. Please click on the link below to access more information about the challenge.

Times Tables Challenge      


Playing Maths Games

Here are a variety of links to excellent online games and activities that your child can enjoy wherever they have access to the internet.

KS1:  Hit the Button Number Bonds             BBC Bitesize

KS2   Count On        Hit the Button              Mad4Maths        Topmarks      BBC Bitesize

Maths games don’t have to be computer-based alone. There are lots of ways in which you can bring maths to life through simple games and activities.  As you can see from the table below there is always an opportunity for a ‘maths moment’!

Go shopping and estimate the total cost of the items in your shopping trolley.

Keep a note of how much time you spend watching TV each day. Compare the amount of time that you spend watching TV at the weekend to the amount of time during the week.

Teach an adult how to add and subtract fractions.


Weigh out ingredients and bake a cake. Work out how much of each ingredient you would need to bake 8 cakes.

Help a younger member of your family to learn times tables and division facts.

Work out how much pocket money you would have at the end of the month if you were given a 20% rise.

Use a timetable to plan a train ride to Skipton. Work out how long the journey will take. Find out how much time you will have to explore before taking the train home again.

Use the BBC weather site to find out what the highest and lowest temperature was in Keighley during the last month. Work out what the difference was between the two temperatures. 

Work out what change you should receive from your shopping.

How many different 3D shapes can you find in your house? Find out how many faces, edges and vertices each one has.

Count how much money there is in your money box. Round it to the nearest pound or ten pounds.

Find out what the highest predicted daily temperature is for the next week then draw a line graph to show the data that you have collected.

Find out what the area and perimeter of your bedroom is. Compare the measurements to the area and perimeter of your living room.


Find out how far it is from your house to the centre of Bradford (in kilometres) then convert it into metres.



Work out how many days it is until your birthday then work out how many hours it is.


Write the date of birth for everyone in your house in Roman numerals.



Board games can be great for developing a child’s maths skills too. Playing these helps young children to become more confident with our number system, spotting patterns and playing with numbers




 On the 28th January 2016 all of the children in Key Stage 2 participated in an exciting problem solving workshop. The children undertook various challenges, many of which involved large 3D puzzles. As well as a Maths focus, the problem solving activities encouraged team work and communication.



Maths across the curriculum


As part of a whole-school project which was based on the book The Red Prince by Charlie Roscoe and Tom Clohosy Cole each year group completed work which was based on the Maths which they found in the book.

Year 6 explored positive and negative numbers through temperature. They constructed and interpreted line graphs which represented the changes in temperature which the Red Prince experienced.

Year 5 interpreted graphs which were associated with the temperature in Avalon.


Year 3 solved fractions problems.

Year 1 solved addition and subtraction problems.

Reception built on their number recognition.