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Welcome to the Maths section of the Lindfield Primary Academy website. Here you will find lots of information about what sort of maths activities takes place in our school.

At Lindfield Primary Academy, from Early Years right through to Year 6, the children are taught to be FLUENT mathematicians who show great REASONING and PROBLEM SOLVING skills. These three core principals form the backbone to all our maths lessons.

Our INTENT for the maths curriculum is:

  • To ensure all pupils are fluent mathematicians who are confident in the fundamentals of mathematics through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time. In order that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • To promote mathematical reasoning by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
  • To solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
  • To encourage a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about mathematics.
  • To develop links between maths and other curriculum areas such as science, computing or P.E.
  • To make sure that all children leave the academy as confident mathematicians.

Our IMPLEMENTATION of the maths curriculum:

We take a CONCRETE – PICTORIAL – ABSTRACT approach to maths lessons. The children are first introduced to new concepts throughout concrete, physical resources before moving onto to pictorial, visual representations to further solidify the children’s understanding. Finally, the children will be introduced to abstract ideas on paper where they can apply their knowledge throughout a range of fluency, reasoning and problem solving activities.

Our IMPACT of the maths curriculum:

We believe that every child has the potential to become a confident and successful mathematician at Lindfield Primary Academy. During their time here, the children will develop their fluency and learn how to reason and problem solve effectively and efficiently. Using these skills to solve real life problems will help them succeed with mathematical challenges in the future. At Lindfield Primary Academy we will help children develop the tools they need so they are ready for the challenges of secondary school and beyond.


In Early Years we have opportunities to explore maths all around us in both the indoor and outdoor area. Maths is very practical for us as we use lots of different resources such as numicon, number lines and even counters shaped like dinosaurs! They help us to recognise our numbers, solve problems and even count into teen numbers. We meet some fun characters called 'One Less Lenny' and 'One More Muscle Man' along our maths journey and they help us to solve tricky problems.

Year 1

The Year One children have been looking at ordering numbers from biggest to smallest and also challenging themselves to make different numbers using a range of maths equipment. We have been identifying how many tens and ones are in a number to help us when ordering.

Year 2

In Year 2 we have been experimenting using different resources in order to help us add two 2-digit numbers together. We used whiteboards to write down as many addition and subtraction calculations down as we could using the resources to help us prove it!

Year 3

In Year 3 we have been exploring multiplication and arrays and linking this to our times tables.

We spend a lot of time practising our times tables as this knowledge helps all of our mathematics.

Year 4

In Year 4 we use counters to help us to find fractions of amounts such as 1/4 of 12. We also look at how we can use bar models to show how a whole is split into different fractions and use this to help us solve a variety of fraction based questions. We use other concrete resources to compare the size of fractions and to help identify equivalent ones.

Year 5

In Year 5 we use a range of strategies to support us in our Maths learning. We have explored using resources such as place value counters and Cuisenaire rods to help us understand key concepts. We also develop our confidence using formal strategies for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We regularly use our outside spaces to help with our Maths learning!

Here we are using bar models to help us visualise reasoning problems. Take a look!

Year 6

We love to work in groups to solve problems in Year 6. Here we are trying to find as many solutions as we can just using the number 4, four times. We were trying to find all the numbers from 1-50. How many solutions can you find?

It is also important for us to present our findings independently. We like to work systematically when doing this.

Times Table Challenge

In Year 3 and 4 the children take part in a weekly Times Table Challenge. The children work their way through the their times tables using question taken from Times Table Rockstars, moving up to the next stage when they made good progress on the previous one.

All children from Year 2 – 6 have access to the online Times Table Rockstars resource (passwords and logins can be found in their home/school diaries). Here the children can practice times tables set by their teacher, challenge themselves to improve their ‘Rock Speed’, take part in ‘Battle of Bands’ competitions across classes and year groups and challenge their friends (and teachers) to ‘Rock Slams’. We celebrate the children’s progress and attainment in our weekly celebration assembly along with monthly awards for the most ‘active’ class.

Times Table Rockstars -

Having a good understanding of times tables underpins a significant amount of learning in maths and the new National Curriculum from 2014 states that: ‘By the end of year 4, pupils should have memorised their multiplication tables up to and including the 12 multiplication table.’ We would therefore actively encourage you to practice your times tables with your children at home. Further information for helping your child with their times tables can be found in the ‘Helping your child with their times tables’ section of the website.

Number Facts Challenge

In Years One and Two, in order to improve mathematical fluency, the children should learn addition facts to 20. Addition Facts for Year One and Two shows you which facts should be learnt in each year.

Year One have already implemented a weekly Number Facts Addition Challenge which the children enjoy taking part in. We have seen a huge improvement in their number fact knowledge which in turn helps the children have a deeper understanding of numbers and the way they relate to each other.

Number Facts Addition Challenge is a practice challenge for you to carry out at home. Each time the children take the challenge they should try to beat their previous score. Once they can complete the challenge in under five minutes, they should try to beat their time. Have fun!

Progression in Calculation Policy

The following Progression in Calculation policy has been written to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 for the teaching and learning of Mathematics. It is designed to give a consistent and smooth progression of learning in calculations from EYFS through to Year 6.

Lindfield Calculation policy

Mathematical Vocabulary

Please find attached a document from Rising Stars.

This shows the vocabulary used in our school from EYFS to Year 6 in accordance with the New National Curriculum for Mathematics from September 2014.

Mathematical Vocabulary ePDF

Helping Your Child With Their Times Tables

Please find attached some Excel spreadsheets which have been kindly made by one of our parents. These will help your children learn their times tables and the corresponding division facts.

You can change the questions by pressing the F9 key.

Other ways to help your child wiith their times tables include:

  • Listening to a times table CD (usually very good in the car!)
  • Displaying a times table poster at home and encouraging your child to refer to this when they need to
  • Randomly asking your child times table questions (give them a multiplication square to help them if required)
  • Ask your child to tell you all the times tables, e.g. 6 times table.....up to 12 x 6 (not just the answers, but questions too, e.g. 1 x 6 = 6, 2 x 6 = 12
  • Print off the Times Table Challenge questions sheets, can the children beat their time?

Times Table Challenge 2x 5x 10x Multiplication - Working at Home

Times Table Challenge 2x 5x 10x Division - Working at Home

Times Table Challenge 3x 4x 6x Multiplication - Working at Home

Times table Challenge 3x 4x 6x Division - Working at Home

Times Table Challenge 7x 8x 9x Multiplication - Working at Home

Times table Challenge 7x 8x 9x Division - Working at Home

Times table Challenge 8x 11x 12x Multiplication - Working at Home

Times Table Challenge 8x 11x 12x Division - Working at Home

Times Table Challenge Mixed Multiplication - Working at Home

Times Table Challenge Mixed Division - Working at Home

Tables 2 5 10 excel, random questions

Tables 3 4 6 excel, random questions

Tables 7 8 9 excel, random questions

Mathematics Websites

Parent Workshop - Calculation Policy 2017

KS 1 Parent Workshop

KS 2 Parent Workshop

Parent Workshop - Calculation Policy 2019

Parent Workshop

Here you can find the Powerpoint from the Parent Workshop on Fractions (Bar Modelling).

Parent Workshop - Fractions 2018

Parent Workshop - Fractions (Powerpoint)

Parent Workshop - Fractions (PDF version)

Problem Solving Pineapple

The Problem Solving Pineapple or PSP helps all the children of Lindfield Primary Academy when solving mathematical problems. The PSP is there to help identify misconceptions, develop our reasoning skills and set us challenging problems in our maths lessons.

Here is the PSP in Year 1:
And again in Year 3:
And again in Year 6:

The Problem Solving Pineapple was designed by Douglas Bain (a former pupil) and then developed by local artist Jill Latter after a school wide competition. Here are some of the other entries on display in the school.