The Village Academy

The Village Academy is a group of town, city and village schools that have joined together to provide the very best education for the children in our care and where we believe that education is very much a matter of the individual.

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Maths at Lydd School

Across the school, our maths is taught daily and covers the full range of concepts from the Early Year Foundation Stage Curriculum and the National Curriculum.


  • We aim for all children to be fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics.
  • We support them to develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly.
  • Children are encouraged to reason and problem solve by applying mathematics to a variety of increasingly complex problems.
  • Each year, from Year 1 - 6, children build upon their knowledge and understanding.
  • Critically, children are taught to develop resilience which enables them to reason and problem solve with increased confidence.




  • To ensure full topic coverage, the school uses ‘The Village Academy Maths Progression’. This is a whole-school primary maths curriculum that creates continuity and progression in the teaching of mathematics.
  • Children enjoy daily maths lessons which include fluency, reasoning and problem solving.
  • The lessons are differentiated to ensure there is appropriate challenge for all learners.
  • Concrete manipulatives and pictorial representations are used to support conceptual understanding and to make links across topics.
  • Children are individually assessed and rewarded for rapid recall of number bonds (KS1) and times tables (Years 2-6) with the Times Table Checks in Year 4.
  • Children are assessed on a termly basis.
  • These assessments are used to identify and meet individual needs of children in whole class, group and tuition groups and forms a basis of our ‘Catch Up Support’ post Lockdown.



  • Most children reach end of year expectations.
  • Children’s progress is tracked on a termly basis using a programme called Target Tracker.
  • Teacher's plan sequences of learning which support children to develop and refine their maths skills.
  • Children are able to independently apply their knowledge to a range of increasingly complex problems.
  • Children reason with increased confidence and accuracy.

What does Maths Looks Like at Lydd School?

In the Nursery and Reception classes, maths happens in child-initiated activities within an environment rich in number, shape, informal weighing, measuring and sizing apparatus. Whilst formal recording is neither necessary nor required, formal assessments and observations are recorded by the teaching staff using the Tapestry.

In Key Stage 1 (Years 1 & 2) children build upon their prior learning and commence recording their work in an ever increasingly formal method. Equipment, such as Numicon, cuisenaire rods, counting bears, counters and multilink blocks are still very much utilised to aid children’s understanding of number. In Key Stage 2 (Years 3, 4, 5 & 6) the formal methods are progressively moved on so that the demands of maths mastery are met.

 Children are challenged in class with differentiated activities and/or support. Intervention opportunities are put in place to add further opportunities to those children not quite grasping a concept. Boosters are offered, in Year 6 maths, to assist pupils with understanding of key concepts they might be finding troublesome or as a way of building confidence in readiness for secondary school.

Our school knows secure understanding is based on revision and 'overlearning'  key skill so the children have opportunities to practice them daily during 5 A Day and Times Table Rock Stars which ensures that those key + - x & ÷ skills are encountered and practised regularly. Many children find that singing their tables is an easier way to embed the times table patterns. Alongside Times Table Rock Stars, the link below has a list of fun songs adjusted to help children learn their tables in an enjoyable manner Times tables collection - BBC Teach. One of the best ways to support your child in Maths is to support them learning these key number facts. Little and often is the key!

If you'd like to see exactly what your child will be learning then please take a look at this document which details the coverage in each group.  Overall, you can see how the skills and understanding in the different Mathematical concepts build up as they move up through our school. /docs/Maths_Curriculum_Version_1.pdf 



On Friday 7th May 2021, we will be taking part in the NSPCC Number Day which is a mega maths fun raising day! Look out for information coming soon about how to get involved.

Useful Maths Websites


A whole raft of games across a multitude of concepts. (Thanks to Layla's recommendation.)

Times tables online games covering mainly 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x & 10x tables.

Times tables online games covering all the essentials for primary school.

A range of different games and activities for all primary ages.
Number calculation fun. Uses logic and number skills with a dash of trial and improvement.

The wonderful Battleship strategy game.

The classic dice game, Yahtzee!

Online Sudoku. Number strategy.                                     

Comparing numbers activity.
Hangman but with calculations rather than spellings. A super game that reinforces place value and calculation skills.
Lots of maths online games for suitable for year 4, 5 and 6 mainly.
Numberwang! For all you fans of the Mitchell & Webb Show maths games. Here it is...THAT'S NUMBERWANG!
Online Chess – great for strategic thinking
Full of games and examples to help you learn different maths concepts
Full of mental arithmetic games (look at the training activities in the left margin too)
Online sample SATS questions for KS2 and KS3 – the work is marked online for instant checking too.
Mental arithmetic online self-marking test.
A whole range of online self-marking tests. 
A maths adventure game.
A free online table (multiply and divide) practice site. Children can play online or you can generate sheets that can be printed. You can select which tables, times and/or divide an