William Shrewsbury Primary School


English and Maths: Subject Information

Please see below to find out more about English and Maths at William Shrewsbury. You will also have access to the policies here.

There are videos showing our calculation methods for Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division on the Maths pages, plus other areas of Maths which we are adding to all the time.


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 The Culture of Reading at William Shrewsbury Primary

At William Shrewsbury we aim to create a generation of enthusiastic and confident readers who go on to have a lifelong love of reading.
Everyone values reading.                                                                     OFSTED 2022

Phonics and Early Reading

The school has a rigorous and structured approach to the teaching of phonics and reading based on 'the William Shrewsbury Phonics Scheme'. Children are introduced to initial phonic work in the Nursery and from Reception to Year 2 a daily focused phonics session is taught to all children. We plant the seeds of early reading through segmenting, blending and storytelling which then grows into appreciating texts in greater depth through the explicit instruction of reading strategies in KS1 and KS2.

A range of decodable reading books are used to support the early reading process which matches their current phonic level. Children are also encouraged to read a wide range of texts and our book based curriculum helps to provide this.

The teaching of phonics is continued in the Juniors and leads into a support for spelling programme when the majority of children have acquired all phonics. For the small number of children who need further support intervention, catch up programmes are used.

Book Based Curriculum

Our school uses five exciting texts each year to inspire our reading and writing curriculum. This helps us explore high quality, wide-ranging text to achieve a depth of thinking in English and the wider curriculum too. Please see attachments below for our whole school book based curriculum overview.

Book Based Curriculum Overview

Whole Class Reading Sessions

At William Shrewsbury Primary, all children read every day. Our broad and exciting reading curriculum offers daily reading for all children in class and opportunities to learn key reading skills. Our whole class reading lessons follow a weekly reading structure which is adapted for our infant and junior children. We understand the importance of modelling key reading skills before giving children the opportunity to consolidate these independently. Reading lessons in KS2 last for 40-60 minutes and 35-40 minutes in KS1.

Reading Events

At William Shrewsbury we celebrate our love of reading at every opportunity! From book fairs to author visits, the joy we find in books can be seen in so many places.

Recommended Reads

Our 'Recommended Reads' offer 50 books for each year group to challenge themselves to read. These are in every reading corner and provide a range of genres, cultures and styles.

Please see individual year group recommended read mats below:

Reception Recommended Reads

Year 1 Recommended Reads     

Year 2 Recommended Reads

Year 3 Recommended Reads

Year 4 Recommended Reads

Year 5 Recommended Reads

Year 6 Recommended Reads

Promoting Reading

In addition to our stunning school library, all of our classrooms have exciting, themed book corners that give all children the opportunity to enter the magical worlds that books open up to them. Books are also available for home use. The Reading Maze library is available for use by Infant parents and children and the Nursery and Reception children also have dedicated home libraries.

Reading at home

We have now moved to an online reading diary

Writing in the curriculum.

Writing has a close link with reading and we ensure this is evident throughout the school and within our book based curriculum. We encourage enthusiasm and passion for writing through many ways. In the infants children use familiar stories, their own experiences and topics to support and enhance their writing. As children move through the school, writing becomes more precise and technical as it links to SPAG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) teaching.

We believe it is important for children to use their real life experiences to guide their writing so it becomes personal to themselves. In addition to this, writing is planned through cross curricular opportunities as it is important for children to transfer their writing skills to all areas of the curriculum.

Useful websites

BoomReader- online home reading activity

Phonics Play

Oxford Reading Buddy

Current national tests in English include:

Year 2:
Reading Assessment Test
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG)
Writing is judged through on-going Teacher assessment throughout the year and moderation through the Central Cooperative Learning Trust.

Year 6:
Reading Assessment Test
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) Test
Writing is judged through on-going Teacher assessment throughout the year and moderation through the Central Cooperative Learning Trust.


English Policy 


 At William Shrewsbury, we feel Maths is a key life skill. It involves confidence and competence with numbers and measures. We aim to give pupils an understanding of the number system and an ability to solve number problems in a variety of contexts. Maths also demands a practical understanding of the ways in which information is gathered by counting and measuring, and is presented in graphs, diagrams, charts and tables.

As a school we aim to develop positive learners who take pleasure in their mathematics. Our learning consists of much more than the knowledge of a set of useful skills. It is a source of enjoyment, offering pupils intellectual stimulation and a sense of achievement.

Maths makes a considerable contribution to the whole curriculum as work in many areas and topics involve mathematical activities.

The school policy is matched to the requirements of The New National Curriculum (2014) and aims to develop fluency, reasoning and problem solving.

You will find videos for the calculation areas of Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division if you click on the side bar. There are also videos on other areas of Maths which we are adding to all the time.

Key Topics taught

Key Stage 1 - Years 1 and 2
The main focus is to ensure that pupils develop confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value. This involves working with numerals, words and the 4 operations, including using practical resources.

At this stage, pupils will develop their ability to recognise, describe, draw, compare and sort different shapes and use the related vocabulary. Teaching involves using a range of measures to describe and compare different quantities such as length, mass, capacity/volume, time and money.

Please see the links at the bottom of the page for your child's maths targets for the year.

Lower Key Stage 2 - Years 3 and 4

The main focus is to ensure that pupils become increasingly fluent with whole numbers and the 4 operations, including number facts and the concept of place value. This will ensure that pupils develop efficient written and mental methods and perform calculations accurately with increasingly large whole numbers.

At this stage, pupils will develop their ability to solve a range of problems, including with simple fractions and decimal place value. Teaching will ensure that pupils draw with increasing accuracy and develop mathematical reasoning so they can analyse shapes and their properties, and confidently describe the relationships between them. Children will use measuring instruments with accuracy and make connections between measure and number.

By the end of year 4, pupils will have memorised their multiplication tables up to and including the 12 multiplication table and show precision and fluency in their work.

Pupils will read and spell mathematical vocabulary correctly and confidently, using their growing word-reading knowledge and their knowledge of spelling.

Please see the links at the bottom of the page for your child's maths targets for the year.

Upper Key Stage 2 - Years 5 and 6

The main focus is to ensure that pupils extend their understanding of the number system and place value to include larger integers. This will help develop the connections that pupils make between multiplication and division with fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio.

At this stage, pupils will develop their ability to solve a wider range of problems, including increasingly complex properties of numbers and arithmetic, and problems demanding efficient written and mental methods of calculation. With this foundation in arithmetic, pupils are introduced to the language of algebra as a means for solving a variety of problems. Teaching in geometry and measures will consolidate and extend knowledge developed in number. Teaching will also ensure that pupils classify shapes with increasingly complex geometric properties and that they learn the vocabulary they need to describe them.

By the end of year 6, pupils will be fluent in written methods for all 4 operations, including long multiplication and division, and in working with fractions, decimals and percentages.

Pupils will read, spell and pronounce mathematical vocabulary correctly.

Please see the links at the bottom of the page for your child's maths targets for the year.

Useful websites

The following links will help you to support your child's learning at home.

Key Stage 1

BBC Bitesize



Key Stage 2

BBC Bitesize



Maths Frame

Key Stage 1 and 2

TT Rockstars

ICT Games

Oxford Owl

Maths Playground


Primary Homework Help

Maths Subject Knowledge Practice Questions

Mathematical vocabulary

Here is an example of some of the mathematical vocabulary we use in our learning.


Please see documents below that may be helpful:

Addition calculation policy

Subtraction Calculation Policy

Multiplication Calculation Policy

Division Calculation PolicyMaths policy 2021

Maths Calculation Videos


Year 1 Addition

Year 2 Addition

Year 3 Addition

Year 4 Addition


Year 1 Subtraction

Year 2 Subtraction

Year 3 Subtraction

Year 4 Subtraction

Year 5 Subtraction

Year 6 Subtraction


Year 1 Multiplication

Year 2 Multiplication

Year 3 Multiplication

Year 4 Multiplication

Year 5 Multiplication

Year 6 Multiplication

Year 1 Division

Year 2 Division

Year 3 Division

Year 4 Division

Year 5 Division

Year 6 Division