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Maths at Dovecote

Times Table Songs

The super talented Sara King from the Nottingham Music Hub has created these fantastic Times Table songs for use in the school and by parents at home.

Online learning with Mathletics

Make maths fun!

Your child should be familiar with their personal username and password for this school year by now so please ask them about it. Once logged in they will be able to choose from the whole range of maths curriculum topic areas to practise or they can have fun challenging themselves on Live Mathletics against opponents from other countries worldwide.

We hope you enjoy sharing this learning experience with your child. Used as a regular homework activity, we are sure we will all see a huge improvement in our maths skills at Dovecote Primary School.

Mrs Loughran and the Maths Team.

Launching Mathletics

Last summer term we launched our school membership to Mathletics. This is an online mathematical learning resource aimed at children from Reception up to Year 6. It aims to help children to love learning maths and improve their skills in a fun and engaging way.

To find out what the children thought click below

Mathletics Leaflet


Information for Parents

As a parent or guardian you can register to receive weekly email reports. To do this you will need your child’s user name and password.

Then to access the Parent Console:

If you have any difficulties please contact customer services on 0117 3701990 or email customerservice@3plearning.co.uk

There have been a number of technical updates over the summer period and you can now access many of the activities in more convenient formats. You can download the Mathletic student app for Ipad or Google play.  

If you have any questions please talk to myself or your child’s teacher.

Maths in Dovecote


Maths should be…

  • an essential element of communication which is important to analyse and communicate information and ideas;
  • an important tool which can be used to enable things to be done which might otherwise be impossible and should equip the children for adult life;
  • one way of teaching flexibility, initiative, accuracy, systematic logical thinking and is a source of interest and fun.

"A mind is a fire to be kindled, not a vessel to be filled."

It enables us to probe the natural universe and to develop new technologies that have helped us control and master our environment, and change societal expectations and standards of living. 

It disciplines the mind, develops logical and critical reasoning and develops analytical and problem-solving skills to a high degree.

Aims for Maths in Dovecote

  • High Standards
  • ​Exciting Learning
  • Learn in a range of different ways
  • Increased understanding of application of skills
  • Challenge
  • Planned, Structured Excitement
  • Raise profile of and interest in Maths in wider environment

General Principles of Maths


Maths Teaching Should…

  • provide children with a balance of exploration, acquisition, consolidation and application.
  • ensure that children experience the excitement of learning mathematics.
  • direct and steer children to explore, identify and use rules, patterns and properties and model this process.
  • build in frequent short and sharp periods of practice and consolidation.
  • engage with children’s thinking, giving sufficient time for dialogue and discussion and space to think.
  • demonstrate the correct use of mathematical vocabulary, language and symbols, images, diagrams and models as tools to support and extend thinking.
  • give well-directed opportunities for children to use and apply their learning.
  • teach children how to evaluate solutions and analyse methods and understand why some methods are more efficient than others.
  • pause and take stock to review children’s learning with them.
  • model with children how they identify their learning skills, and manage and review their own learning.
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