Helping with Maths


Number skills are fundamental to learning maths, therefore at Bowsland we ask that you focus on times tables as part of weekly home learning. To support the learning of times tables in school, we do Big Maths weekly challenges. These challenges allow the children to compete against their previous score to try and improve and as a result are called ‘Beat That’ challenges.


Download: Learn Its Challenges Questions

Download: CLIC Challenge Questions

In school, we have stopped using Going for Gold as part of everyday teaching. However the Going for Gold challenges are still a great resource to practice times tables at home.

Going for Gold – Times Tables

Going for Gold Learning Journey

See the Going For Gold Questions and Going For Gold Answers


Please use the links below to look at our calculation policy. This will help you to make sure that you are helping your child by making sure they are learning the same calculation methods at home and school.

Maths- Add and Subtract Milestones

Maths- Multiplication and Division Milestones Page 1

Maths- Multiplication and Division Milestones Page 2


“A problem is only a problem if you don’t know what to do. If you do know what to do, it’s not a problem! ” 

At Bowsland we teach we teach the children to problem solve using RUCSAC.  For more information about RUCSAC please use the link below:

RUCSAC Presentation


Bar modelling is a versatile maths strategy that can be adapted to suit a wide range of word problems. We use it at Bowsland to support pupils conceptual understanding of different problems. For an example of a bar model being used to support problem solving please click on this link: 

Year 6 example:

Please click on this link  to see how we can use the bar model in different ways to find an unknown amount:.


We currently use both ‘Base 10’ and ‘Numicon’ to aid the children’s learning in mathematics.


You can find out more about Numicon by clicking this link – Numicon

If you want to buy your own ‘Numicon’ pack, you can purchase one directly from the numicon website – Please click here to go to the Numicon website

If you would like to print out some wonderful numicon resources / games, please click on the following links:

Numicon shapes 1-10

Numicon shapes 1 -31

Numicon way to make 100

Numicon bingo

Base 10

Base 10 is used throughout the school to represent 1s, 10s, 100s  and 1000s. A 1 is represented with a small cube and a 10 stick is made up of 10 cubes on top of each other. 100 is made from 100 squares which is the same as 10 sticks of 10. Finally, 1000 is a cube made up of 1000 cubes.  See the picture below:

Pupils use Base 10 to represent any number. This supports their place value skills as well as calculation. An example of how you represent numbers, 234 would look like this:


Some other useful websites

Click here for some more website you can explore with your child