At Bell Lane we aim to:

  • Develop a positive attitude to maths as an interesting and attractive subject in which all children gain success and pleasure
  • Develop mathematical understanding through systematic direct teaching of appropriate learning objectives
  • Encourage the effective use of maths as a tool in a wide range of problem-solving activities within school and, subsequently, adult life
  • Develop an ability in the children to express themselves fluently, to talk about the subject with assurance, using correct mathematical language and vocabulary
  • Develop mathematical skills and knowledge and quick recall of basic facts
  • Develop a range of efficient mental calculation strategies for all four operations;
  • Be confident using written calculation methods for all four operations.

What does maths look like at Bell Lane?

At Bell Lane, we believe that all children, when introduced to a new concept, should have the opportunity to build competency by taking this approach.   

Concrete – children should have the opportunity to use concrete objects and manipulatives to help them understand what they are doing.

Pictorial – alongside this children should use pictorial representations.  These representations can then be used to help reason and solve problems.

Abstract– both concrete and pictorial representations should support children’s understanding of abstract methods.

We supplement this programme with additional, rich tasks to allow key concepts to be explored in different ways.

National Curriculum Progression

Reception Overview

Year 1 Overview

Year 2 Overview

Year 3 Overview

Year 4 Overview

Year 5 Overview

Year 6 Overview

White Rose Maths - Home Learning Links

At Bell Lane, we follow the White Rose Maths scheme and this is used as a starting point for our lessons in school.  Supporting videos for each year group can be found on the White Rose website.  We try, as much as possible, to keep up to date with the lesson-by-lesson overview and this can be found on the White Rose website.  More information on this, along with the videos, can be found using the link below.

If your child is self-isolating you can continue with Maths at home by clicking on the relevant week and you will find a video with an explanation and questions to work through.  

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Lesson by Lesson Overview Reception Year 1 Year 2
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Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6


Bell Lane is fortunate to be working with the charity National Numeracy to support parental engagement in maths learning. We hope that you have enjoyed working with your children on their Family Maths activities and scrapbooks as part of the project.

Many adults feel daunted by using maths in everyday life and experience anxiety when helping their children with their homework.

That’s why we are encouraging all parents and carers to have a go at National Numeracy’s free and easy-to-use website, the National Numeracy Challenge.

The site aims to help adults brush up without pressure on the numeracy skills which are needed in work and everyday life.

Signing up gives you the chance to find out what your skill level is, practise some of the things you find difficult and access online learning resources at the right level for you.

You can log in and out at any time and save your progress as you go. Your activity on the site is confidential.

We hope that you will join us and start your journey to confidence with numbers. Register here: