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Thank you for your interest in Effective Maths.


The links below take you to a selection of lessons from the Autumn Term.

For Year 1 the lessons are from Calculation (Unit 2) and the geometry unit.

For Years 2-6 the lessons are from Multiplication and Division (Unit 1) and the unit on time.

The units above have been chosen to provide a balance between number-focused lessons and other areas of the maths curriculum.

Click here for some brief notes about how to use the lessons.

Detailed planning notes are contained within the lesson slides - click on the notes tab within a presentation. Use the space bar to advance the animations within slides.

Year 2-6: Multiplication and division (Unit 1)

Unit overview information

Suggestions for greater depth booklet

Year 2

[1] Groups and equal groups

[2] 5 × table 

[3] 10 × table 

[4] 2 × table 

[5] Division: sharing by 2

[6] Division: making groups of 2 

[7] Odd and even numbers

[8] Dividing by 5 

[9] Dividing by 10 


Year 3

[1] 5 × table (revision)

[2] 4 × table 

[3] 8 × table 

[4] 3 × table 

[5] Solving problems involving 3, 4 and 8 × tables

[6] Dividing by 4 

[7] Dividing by 8 

[8] Dividing by 3 


Year 4

[1] 8 × table (revision)

[2] Reasoning about multiplication

[3] 6 × table 

[4] 9 × table 

[5] 7 × table 

[6] Dividing by 6 

[7] Dividing by 9 

[8] Dividing by 7 


Year 5

[1] 9 × table (revision)

[2] Reasoning about multiplication

[3] Factors 

[4] Understanding division and recalling division facts 

[5] Division problems 

[6] Multiplication arithmagons

[7] Common factors and common multiples

[8] Prime numbers 

[8] Square numbers


Year 6

[1] 7 × table (revision)

[2] Multiples and factors (revision) 

[3] Prime numbers, square numbers and cube numbers (revision) 

[4] Efficient strategies for multiplication and solving multiplication problems


[5] Efficient strategies for division


[6] Reasoning about division 


[7] Multiplying a 2-digit number by a 2-digit number (revision)

[8] Solving problems involving multiplying a 2-digit number by a 2-digit number

[9] Multiplying a 3-digit number by a 2-digit number


Effective Maths was conceived in a different way to many other maths programmes .


The core resource – the website subscription (i.e. all the lessons) - is relatively cheap in comparison to buying sets of textbooks.

The programme has been designed in this way to enable schools to set aside some additional funding to focus on what is often a core issue: developing teacher pedagogy in the teaching of primary maths. In Effective Maths, this additional support is provided through development days. Through Effective Maths training teachers are constantly developed to understand the conceptual as well as the procedural.


Another key difference between Effective Maths and other programmes is the way that active teaching is built into the lesson slides and also the way that focused partner work is embedded. This is harder to facilitate with a text book scheme.

Many of the other schemes/programmes that exist present children with a series of questions – often with little accessible step by step guidance for teachers about how to ensure that the children will succeed in answering these questions.

Effective Maths also makes considerable use of revision within the year and across years: many schemes present the curriculum for the target year without reference to previous learning.


As well as the main teaching programme for Y1-Y6 there is also:

  • a Year 1 transition unit

  • a bridging unit for Y2-6

  • the Year 6 arithmetic revision programme

  • Year 6 reasoning revision lessons

  • the opportunity to subscribe to at a reduced rate (see below)

  • the opportunity to access the KS2 calculation consolidation programme for + and – for free (if your school has had training in this programme)

  • resources to support Year 2 teachers providing evidence for KS1 moderation

  • end of unit assessments


The best model for ensuring the effective implementation of Effective Maths in the first year is:

1 × INSET day

6 × development days (if the school is 3FE then experience shows that more are needed)


The first development day is largely about finding out where things are at in the school after the initial INSET.


As a result of this we plan future days, which typically include:

  • brief learning walks to see where things are

  • book looks

  • demonstration lessons

  • planning sessions with teachers – the focus of these sessions will vary – but often include issues around inclusion and greater depth – both of which are bound up with developing teacher subject pedagogy

  • support for teaching assistants

  • specific support/assessment and programme design for children working well below age-expectations – children with significant AEN

  • work with Year 6 staff


Development days often end with a staff meeting, for example:

  • CPD linked to specific maths topics – eg calculation, fractions, statistics

  • CPD on problem solving – using the approach adopted by Effective Maths of heuristics – highly powerful

  • CPD on differentiation within a mastery approach


Support beyond the first year of implementing Effective Maths would be linked to circumstances in the individual school, but we would suggest all schools have at least one development day per term.


Click here for the curriculum overview.

Each unit comes with a unit overview sheet. These are designed to support teachers, leaders, parents, carers and others to have a clear understanding of the curriculum intent: to help ensure that the rationale and aims of the curriculum are fully understood by all. The cover sheets also include a list of the individual lessons within a unit.

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