At Old Park we want our children to become skilled mathematicians who are able to select from a wide range of written and mental calculation methods whilst reasoning about their knowledge and understanding of a topic.

Calculation Methods

We want all children to have access to concrete resources to support with their learning. At home you can use anything as counters to support number work and addition and subtraction skills. We also teach and encourage the use of pictorial methods such as bar models to solve calculations and problems to provide the basis for more formal methods like column addition and subtraction.

Below you will find a guide to using bar models to solve different calculation types. These should support you in helping your child continue their learning at home.


Key stage 1

Lower KS 2

Upper KS2


Years 1-3

Year 3/4 – method 1, method 2

Upper KS2


Years 1-3

Years 4/5

Year 6


Key Stage 1

Lower KS2

Upper KS2

Times Tables

Times tables are vitally important and are used almost daily in Maths lessons to support calculation skills. Children also take part in a times table club where they try to beat their score and time each week. Please take the time to practise times tables at home and their corresponding division facts. These are the tables that we expect children to know in each year group:

Year 1 – 1x, 2x, 10x

Year 2 – 3x, 5x

Year 3 – 4x, 8x

Year 4 – 6x, 7x, 9x, 11x, 12x

Year 5 & 6 – In these year groups children are challenged to apply knowledge by finding missing numbers, corresponding division facts etc.

You can use some of the videos below to practise tables at home.


All children have access to MyMaths. Your child’s teacher will be able to give out log-in details if you require them. We set regular homework for children to complete using MyMaths but it is also a fantastic resource to use anytime with lots of games, activities and even lessons covering lots of areas. These are grouped by topic (such as times tables) and year group so you can be sure that it is at the correct level for your child.

These websites are also great to visit:

Topmarks – good for games for all year groups

MathsFrame – good for games for older children (KS2)

OxfordOwl – great for parents to use to brush up on their understanding of a topic