At St.Oswald's CE Primary School we aim to ensure that pupils become confident and inquisitive mathematicians. We place a large emphasis upon number skills to ensure that pupils are able to add, subtract, multiply and divide using mental and written methods.

Pupils are also encouraged to learn their multiplication and division facts. Each child has a multiplication card from Year 2 onwards.  They will be awarded Bronze, Silver and Gold for their knowledge and understanding in their timestables.

All children should know rapid recall of multiplication and division facts up to 12 x 12 by Year 4, the national tests for this were planned to be introduced in the summer term of 2020.

Alongside this, we develop pupils' mathematical thinking, reasoning and problem solving skills.

We support children in their learning by providing them with opportunities to:

  • use concrete objects and/or act out an idea or skill
  • use visual, pictorial representations e.g. bar models to represent problems
  • use abstract representation - the symbolic stage where there is an understanding of formal methods

Resources we use for Maths:

  • Assertive Mentoring Maths Assessments
  • White Rose Maths Hub 
  • NCTM (for children working at Greater Depth)
  • Nrich maths
  • IXL - Each child has their own log in for regular practise and there is guidance for how to complete the calculations for each activity.  This resource will help both parents and children, particulary when completing homework.
  • TT Rockstars - (Times Tables Rock Stars) is an online programme, pupils in Year 2 upwards all have log in details.  This programme is a fun for daily times tables practise which has very successfully boosted times tables recall speed for lots of our pupils.
  • Purple Mash- This programme contrains lot's of fun, educational activities for all ages.

Children have been given individual log ins for TT Rockstars, Purple Mash and IXL to use at home to support learning. If you are unsure of your child's log in please inform you child's class teacher whio will happily provide this for you.

Curriculum Development Opportunities

Maths Challenges are where our pupils get to compete with pupils from other schools demonstrating their mathematical abilities.  The challenges this year have been for pupils in years 5 and 6.

The Challenges have been hosted by Litherland High School and Marricourt High school.

Debt Aware - A voluntary organisation that have worked in upper Key Stage 2, the aims being that the children understand about the role money plays in thier own and others lives, including how to manage their money and about being a critical consumer. They develop an initial understanding about the concepts about interest, loan, debt and tax.

Interventions and Maths Support

Support in Earl;y - Additional TA support using Numicon.

Key Stage 1 -  Targetd Maths support at lunchtimes & Purple Mash.

Key Stage 2 - TT rock stars, Purple Mash & IXL used as interventions and support pre-school, break times and lunchtime.

Precision teaching and Catch - up is also used across Key Stage 1 & 2.


Abacus Maths

Hello and welcome to the wonderful world of Abacus!

How to log into the pupil world

To log into the pupil world:

1. Click the link above.

2. Enter your login details and click “Log in”. You will find these details on the inside cover of your homework book.

Once you have logged in you will arrive at your Homepage. You can personalise your home screen by choosing a world like Race World or Skate World. Which world will you choose?

“My Stuff”

This is where you can see the activities your teacher has set you. You can also see how many coins each game or activity is worth before completing it.

“My Rewards”

”My Rewards” is where you can choose your rewards after completing games and activities. You can do things like create your own avatar or decorate a tree house. There are lots of fun games to play too. Remember that the more activities you complete the more rewards you can unlock and buy!

Need help?

If you are having trouble using the pupil world, help can be found in the Help Section of ActiveLearn (in the top right-hand corner of the login page).

Please note: Abacus strongly recommend using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox web browsers with ActiveLearn. If you prefer to use Internet Explorer, please check you have at least IE9 in order for everything to work as it should.

Please ensure ‘pop ups’ are allowed for the ActiveLearn site as each game will open in a new window.     

TT Rockstars

It is imperative that all children learn their times tables, the curriculum states that by Year 4 all children should know all their times tables from 2 to 12, in order, mixed up and as divisible facts.  To help we have purchased “TT Rockstars”, which is a programme that all children can use at home. 

All children have been given their user names and passwords.  We would be grateful if your child could use this at home and practice, awards will be given to all those who know their tables.                                         


On IXL, maths is more than just numbers. With unlimited questions, engaging item types, and real-world scenarios, IXL helps students experience maths at its most mesmerising!  All children have their unique logon and passwords.  If they have lost this, they will need to ask their class teacher who will be able. to help.

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Year 2 - Fractions

Year 2 - Money

Year 2 - Multiplication

Year 2 - Place Value


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St Oswald's CE Primary School. Ronald Ross Avenue, Netherton, Bootle L30 5RH

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