Magic Maths Written Calculation Policy 2014
At Fulham Primary school we teach Magic Maths, this is a fun, engaging lesson sequence which was designed by teachers at Fulham Primary school. Children are constantly active during their maths lessons, children are given the opportunity to reflect on their learning and are supported or challenged appropriately.

Please watch our video showing the Magic Maths lesson sequence.


The sequence of the lesson is outlined below:

Just do it. 
Children come in to  maths from playtime, they kick off the maths lesson with a 5 minute ‘just do it’ activity. This activity gives children to opportunity to practise, recall and rehearse skills which they have already learnt. Children love to ‘Just do it’ as it wakes their brains up for learning.

Transition time – Chanting

Children move around the classroom chanting, singing and rapping number patterns. Teachers are amazed by how fast children can get from a to b and it also has a massive impact on learning as children use their number songs to help them derive and recall their multiplication tables!

Learning Goals & Success Criteria

At the beginning of the lesson the learning goal is shared. Children discuss what they need to do to be successful in their learning. All children are aware of what they are learning to do which keeps them focused!

Star Words

Children chant, whisper, repeat and discuss useful vocabulary – we call these the star words! Children have a fantastic bank of useful maths words which they are now using in discussions with their talk partner!


Children learn using, objects pictures and images. Then they love on to the abstract – working with numbers! Children say that working with images first helps them to understand what the numbers represent!

Talk time

All children have a talk partner who they bounce ideas off with, discuss key concepts and problem solve. Children find the opportunity to talk and discuss their mathematical thoughts a valuable part of the lesson and their learning!


Children are constantly assessing their learning in order to know whether they need support or are ready to challenge themselves. Children take ownership of their own learning and we have classroom’s full of independent learners!


In all classrooms at FPS we have amazing teaching assistants who support children with their learning. Children who have gaps in their knowledge are supported through misconception guided groups.

Move on

Children move on when they are ready to. The children are challenged in this part of the lesson.


Children are given the opportunity to become the ‘teacher’. At FPS children are confident to come to the front of the class to teach others, using the interactive whiteboard and the star words they work on their clear explanations of key strategies!

Table work

Children transition to their tables to work in a guided group with a teacher or teaching assistant, work with a partner, a group or by themselves! Children rehearse the skill or strategy they have learnt!

Self Assessment

Children are asked to make thoughtful assessments of their learning. Children look at their personalised success criteria and colour code the areas of learning. This helps children unpick where their barriers to learning may be making children independent learners!


Children come back to the carpet (chanting) to tackle a problem solving task or word problem which involves using and applying what they have learnt during the lesson. Children enjoy applying what they have learnt to a real life situation which helps put their learning in context and make it purposeful.


Multiplication Tables
We expect all children at Fulham Primary to  have a secure grasp of the Multiplication Tables. We encourage children from year 1 to begin learning these. Classes carry out weekly 1 minute multiplication tests to focus and motivate children to learn and recall the tables quickly. We ask parents for support in helping their child learn the multiplication tables.

Mental Maths Tests

Children from Year 1 upwards carryout a weekly Mental Maths test. The children listen to a cd and answer the questions in the allotted time. This is great preparation for the real world as well as the KS2 Mental Maths Tests.

Maths Week was a huge success this year.

Would you like to see the strategies we teach your children at school?

Magic Maths Written Calculation Policy 2014