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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.

Our approach to maths at Lindfield links in through our work with the Sussex Maths Hub based at St. Paul’s College in Burgess Hill. 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.

We also 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.


In Early Years we try to find maths all around us in both indoor and outdoor areas. We love using lots of practical resources including Numicon, lego and games to help us learn about numbers and shapes.

Year 1

Here we are learning about the equals sign in Year 1. We have been identifying which numbers are greater, which are less and which are equal to each. We have used concrete resources to help us such as Numicon and multilink cubes.

Year 2

In Year 2 we have been using the base ten to make 2 digit numbers and to show greater and less than. We also love doing maths outside; here you can see some children working together using chalk to solve subtraction calculations.

Year 3

In Year 3 we have been learning our 3, 4 and 8 times tables. Here we are practising counting forwards and backwards in 4s as we play hopscotch.

Year 4

In Year 4, we often apply our understanding of the four operations to solve word problems. One of the strategies we really enjoy using is to act out the problem which gives us a greater understanding of who is involved and what we have to do. It is also a lot of fun!

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 visualise key concepts.

We regularly use our outside spaces to help with our Maths. Here we were identifying the lowest common multiple using chalk on the playground!

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 2, 3 and 4 the children take part in a weekly Times Table Challenge. The children work their way through the following challenges, moving up to the next stage when they have passed the previous one.

In Year 5 and 6, the children use on the iPads to challenge themselves and practice their times tables every week.

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. This can be done by accessing on your home computer or tablet or using the attached activities below.

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

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?

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.