Maths @ MHPS

Here at Muswell Hill Primary School our mathematics teaching and learning is supported by a scheme called Abacus. Abacus provides a wealth of interactive resources that are used in our daily maths lessons and can also be used at home (please see ‘Maths At Home’ section later).

As a team of experienced practitioners, we use Abacus as a starting point to ensure progression but we adapt the content to the needs of our children.

To develop children’s conceptual understanding, numerical fluency, problem- solving skills and mathematical confidence, young mathematicians need the ‘Four Pillars’ of learning. Click on the links for a brief explanation about this. These four pillars underpin the teaching and learning of maths through Abacus. Please use the following link to view online videos:

Abacus: For the new primary maths curriculum: The Abacus Philosophy Part 1
Abacus: For the new primary maths curriculum: The Abacus Philosophy Part 2


To gain a clearer understanding of what teaching strategies are being used here at Muswell Hill for each year group, please have a look at our Calculation Policy:

Maths Calculation Policy
Maths KS1 Overview of Strategies
Maths KS2 Overview of Strategies


Maths @ Home

To consolidate and reinforce the maths learning carried out in school, teachers are now able to allocate online activities via Abacus to be accessed at home. The children have been given their individual log in details on an ‘Abacus Bookmark’ and once logged in can access and complete their maths homework each week.

The online homework comes in a range of styles such as: online worksheets, interactive games, speaking and listening activities and problem solving activities.

Teachers are also able to allocate videos, which demonstrate clearly the teaching strategy used in class so this same strategy can be taught/practiced at home too.

Staying Safe Online

ICT and the Internet have become integral to teaching and learning within schools, providing pupils and staff with opportunities to improve understanding. However, whilst this technology has many benefits for Muswell Hill Primary School (MHPS), we recognise that clear procedures for appropriate use and the education of staff and pupils about online behaviour and potential risks are essential.

Please use the following link to view our online E-safety Policy:

E-safety Policy for Muswell Hill Primary School

Useful Websites:

Here are a list of a few useful websites to help the children with their maths learning at home:

1) Top Marks Hit the Button: this is great for quick fire times table and number fact practice to develop the children’s fluency:
Hit the Button


2) Woodlands Junior Maths: you will find more fun and interactive games here:
Interactive Maths Games and Activities


3) Topmarks: you can select the year group your child is in and find relevant activities for them to have a go at:
IXL Maths