Usk Church in Wales Primary School

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Mathematics - 

Expectations for times tables and other known facts for each year group:


  • Recite numbers up to 20, forwards and backwards, and from different starting points
  • Count in 2s to 10 and 10s to 100

Year 1

  • Recite numbers up to 100, forwards and backwards and from different starting points
  • Count in multiples of 2, 5 and 10
  • Recall and use all doubles to 10 and corresponding halves  

Year 2

  • Recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10  multiplication tables
  • Recall and use all doubles to 20 and corresponding halves  

Year 3

  • Recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10 multiplication tables  
  • Recall and use all doubles to 50 and corresponding halves  
  • Recall near doubles within 20

Year 4

  • Recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 10  multiplication tables  
  • Recall and use all doubles to 50

Year 5

  • Recall all times tables and division facts up to 10x10 and derive sequences that are ten/hundred times bigger/smaller
  • Recall and use all doubles to 50 and corresponding halves  

Year 6

  • Recall all times tables and division facts up to 12x12 and derive sequences that are ten/hundred times bigger/smaller
  • Recall and use all near doubles to 50
  • Recall and use all doubles  to 100 and corresponding halves  



At Usk we follow the PenPals handwriting scheme.

The key thing to remember is that all letters start from the top (apart from d and e), and joining is introduced in Year 1 once children are ready.

As a school, we expect children to use a clear, neat joined script in their everyday writing.

Children from Year 3 will use black ink pens in school and we recommend Berol & Manuscript Handwriting pens or other ink flowing / fibre tip pen. 

We do not teach ‘cursive’ (joining from the line).

Below are some resources you may find useful, including examples of letter formations and joins, and an overview of what is taught in each year group.


How Big Spelling Works

In Big Spelling there are 10 or 15 words for each child to learn on a weekly basis, although teachers may adapt the word lists to suit individual needs.


First of all, each child will be assessed to work out which list they need. The lists start at A, which is very simple, progressing as far as list R where there are lots of very challenging words to learn.


Every day the children will use a spelling strategy to learn the words from their allocated list, the list may also include 1 or 2 personal spellings. Within classrooms there will be access to sand trays to trace the letters, magnetic letters and tiles etc for those children to use who need a more multisensory approach to learning spelling. Spelling lists will also be set up within Spelling Shed.  


If within a week children secure get 9 or 10 out of 10, or 14 or 15 out of 15, they will move on to the next set of spellings on the sheet which they will work on next week. They will highlight all the ones they got right on their spelling list sheet. If they make one mistake they can still move on but they will be checked on this word the following Friday. If they get 8 or less out of 10 or 13 or less out of 15 they will not move on to the next set of spellings and have to keep practising these to be rechecked on them the next week.


Other Spellings

Words related to the class learning theme will be noticed, “taught” & practised across the curriculum.  


Big Spelling Lists Overview




A   easiest list

(10 spellings)

CVC + High Frequency Words


(10 spellings)

c-r-c-v ,s-c-v-c  -ing, sh-, ch-,  th-,  a-e


(10 spellings)

ow, or, HFW, ee, igh/i-e,  oo,  ar


(10 spellings)

oa/o-e,  er/ur/ir,  aw, ore/or, oi, HFW, prefix un-    are/air


(10 spellings)

ear, HFW, suffix -le, ing  -ed,  plurals


(10 spellings)

HFW, suffixes -er, -est,  -ness,  -ment,  silent letters

 -wh,  air, ear   revise ur/ir/er/or/ar


(15 spellings from now on)

ee/ea ,  i-e/igh,  oa/ou/o-e/ow ,  ue/ow/ew/oo,  ar/a

ur/er/or,  or/aw/au,  ou/ow, oi/oy

Year 4/5 Medium Frequency Words



Prefixes un- de-  , air/are/ear ,  ea/ee/ei/ie,

suffixes -le, -ing,  -ed,   -ful      plurals,     Y4/5 MFW



Suffixes -er and -est,  silent letters,  wh,   drop the e  +ing  ir/er/ar/ , adding y to words ending in 'e' ,  ur air/ear and ere,    Yr 4/5 MFW



HFW ,  words ending in o,  suffix -ful, tricky numbers,

maths words,   homophones,   plurals,words  ending in y,     irregular plurals,     words ending in a,     doubling the consonant when adding -ed or -ing,

 -igh/ie      adding er and est to words ending in y



silent letters,   apostrophes,    prefixes ,  suffixes -ary and -al,   -hood, -ship,   -tion and -ious.    irregular tense changes,       -nouns and adjectives into verbs    



prefix al- ass- aff-  att- , suffixes -ive   -ible   -able   -ian -tion   -tion,  v words,    k words ,     ss,    root words



root words,  words ending in u and I ,  prefixes auto-, bi- and tele-  ,  homophones,  wow words,

suffixes -ness -ment   -tion/-sion   -able and -ible  

prefixes cir-   trans-    , soft 'c'



suffixes  -sion   -tion   -ness and -ment,     unstressed vowels,   word endings,    ie/ei,   prefixes im- and in-

O   hard list


-Lots of very tricky words,     -ex      suffixes -ology  -re  -le   prefix re-    ,qu-  ,  homophones


P  top misspelled words +GCSE list

Various  tricky

Q  extremely hard


some from BBC hard spell quiz  and  and others hard words beginning with letters letters A to G

R   unusual words extremely hard

Find out the meaning of the unfamiliar ones-this makes it more interesting and purposeful!


Big Spelling Lists (A - R)


Reception High Frequency Words


a all am and are at away big can cat come dad day dog for get go going he I in is it like look me mum my no of on play said see she the they this to up want was we yes you


Year 1 High Frequency Words


about all an and are as asked at back be been before big but by call called came can children come could dad day did do don’t down first for from get go got had has have he help her here him his house I if in into is it it’s I’m just like little look looked made make me more much mum must my new no not now of off oh old on one only or other our out over people put right said saw see she so some that the their them then there they this time to too two up very want was we well went were what when where which who will with you your you’re


Year 2 High Frequency Words


about after again an animals another April around as asked August away baby back ball bear because bed been began black blue boy brother brown but by called came can’t car cat could couldn’t day December did didn’t do dog don’t door down eat eight eighteen eleven every everyone fast February fifteen find first fish five food found four fourteen fox Friday from garden gave going good got green grey had half has have head her here him his home house how if I’ll I’m I’ve January July jump June just king know last laugh laughed little live long looked lots low made magic make man many March May may Monday month more mouse Mr Mrs much must name narrator need never new next night nine nineteen not November now number October of off oh old once one only or orange other our out over people pink play purple put ran red right round Saturday saw say school sea seen September seven seventeen should shouted sister six sixteen small so some something soon still stop Sunday take ten than that that’s their them then there these things think thirteen thought three through Thursday time too took town tree Tuesday twelve twenty two us very want wanted water way Wednesday week well were what when where white who work would year yes your




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