Maths at St James

Maths Vision

At St James Primary we strive to we build bright futures, enabling all children and adults to reach their full potential.  Throughout the year, parents are invited into school to support and enjoy children’s learning through workshops and experiencing life in class.  By using concrete manipulatives, pictorial diagrams and abstract representations, children become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, learn to reason mathematically and to solve problems.  We believe that being able to talk about the mathematics the children are experiencing is vital for them to be able to reason and solve problems, so we use rich questioning and discussion, active and involving teaching approaches and actively encourage reflection on learning.

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Times Tables

At St James we recognise that learning times tables is crucial.  

  • Learning one table makes it easier to learn others:

By starting with basic tables and building up, children can learn number rules which will make learning other tables easier. For example, once you know your 2 times table, you can learn your 4 times table simply by doubling the answers!

  • Tables help with mental arithmetic:

Memorising tables makes it far quicker and easier for children to work out maths problems in their heads. It can also help to develop the ability to internally add, subtract and divide!

  • Tables can help you understand other mathematical concepts:

Knowing their times tables can also help your child more readily grasp other important aspects of maths, such as fractions, division and percentages.

  • Knowing your times tables increases confidence!

Perhaps most importantly, memorising their tables will give your child confidence in their own skills – there’s nothing more ‘grown up’ than not having to use your fingers to work out an answer! This confidence will help them in SATs or other assessments, and ultimately, ease their move into secondary education.


We have some top tips for helping your child learn their times tables:

  • Little and often
  • Make it fun
  • Healthy competition
  • Learn the question and the answer (3 x 6 = 18), not just counting sequence (3, 6, 9, 12, 15)
  • Learn the relationships in one times table at a time

E.g. For the 3 times table, “If I say 4, you say…”  “12”

  • Mix between multiplication and division

E.g. For the 5 times table, “If I say 25, you say…” “5”

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Doodle Maths

Your child has a subscription to this award-winning personalised maths programme which builds an individual work programme for your child that's perfectly tailored to their level, strengths, and weaknesses.  They work on short, snappy exercises that conveniently fit around busy schedules. They can even use it offline and upload progress later.  It include motivational features to ensure they come back every day feeling more and more confident about their maths. 

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Login details:   Your teacher will tell you your username and initial password, which you need to change to keep it secure.  Have fun!