The aim of our curriculum is to provide children with a high-quality mathematics education to allow them to access the financial literacy, reasoning and problem solving skill set that is critical in the modern world of science, technology, engineering and most forms of employment. 

The maths curriculum at Upperwood is aligned with the Early Years Statutory Framework, National Curriculum and, underpinned by current and robust research to ensure that the approaches used to plan, teach and assess maths will enable all children to have a secure and deep understanding of all aspects of the curriculum. 

The National Curriculum for mathematics intends to ensure that all pupils:

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
  • Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions. Mathematics is an interconnected subject in which pupils need to be able to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas.

At Upperwood Academy, we meet these objectives through our daily teaching structure which is underpinned by the long and medium term planning from the White Rose Maths Hub.  We assess pupils on the objectives covered at the end of each unit of work and a formal assessment point is undertaken at the end of each term. This information is then used to deliver any support for pupils who have found the concept difficult. Same day interventions are utilised to ensure a keep up, not catch up approach.  

Multiplication Tables Check (MTC) 

In June 2020 the Government announced a new national test for Year 4 children called the “Multiplication Tables Check”. This ‘check’ will take place during the Summer term in June.

Under the National Curriculum, primary school children are expected to know their times tables up to 12 x 12 by the end of Year 4.

The results of this national test are for the teacher. There is no pass or fail mark and  schools will simply use this data to inform teaching. These results will not be published publicly. 

The check itself:

· Will take place in June.

· Is statutory for every Year 4 pupil

· Is done online using a computer or tablet

· Will be done individually or in small  groups 

· Will take no longer than 5 minutes 

· Will features 25 questions with 6 seconds to answer each question

· There is no problem solving just simple 4 x 6 = style questions. 

At Upperwood we always endeavour for our pupils to achieve the very best in everything they do, however this test is not for children to worry about. 

What can we do to help?

We stress again that this check is not something to worry about and we have been preparing our pupils for some time. We ask that you simply complete all homework tasks and encourage your child to use T.T. Rockstars at home, particularly on the ‘Soundcheck’ mode as this will be very similar to the format of the check. 

If you have any other questions or concerns please bring them to the  attention of your child's teacher. 

Mrs Steadman (Maths coordinator) 



Your child will have a username and password to access TT Rockstars. This is a great way to practise times tables which are really important to your child’s learning in Maths.