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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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.

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.

Our calculation policy highlights these incremental steps:



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 uses tasks such the Big Maths and 5-a-day maths programmes. These are essential ways of ensuring that those key + - x & ÷ skills are encountered and practised regularly. Our school also monitors the times table success of ALL pupils from Year 2 through to Year 6 by way of the termly times tables challenge. This document is marked and sent home, so please look out for it! The times table expectations for each year group is as follows…

By the end of Year 1: 2x, 5x 10x ~ usually by rote.
By the end of Year 2: 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x & 10x
By the end of Year 3: 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x, 6x, 9x, 10x & 11x
By the end of Year 4: 2x through to 12x tables
Years 5 and 6 should have a thorough understanding of their times tables and their division equivalents.
NOTE: The government will be introducing an additional national formalised test during Year 4. This will focus on times tables recall and will be mandatory in 2020.  
Many children find that singing their tables is an easier way to embed the times table patterns. The link below has a list of fun, current and familiar pop songs adjusted to help children learn their tables in an enjoyable manner. 

Mr Southgate (Maths Subject Leader)

MATHS WEEK: We will be having our maths week at the end of January and begin of February 2018 (although, every week is a maths week really!). Scroll down for more information on last year's maths week. 

Are you looking for websites to play maths games on? Why not try these links... SCROLL DOWN FOR A LIST OF APPs. Don't forget that we have a Maths board game and conundrum library (near the office) - parents are always welcome to borrow any of these games to supplement their child(ren)'s maths enjoyment and learning.


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
A super resource for learning maths vocabulary and their specific meanings. Examples are given to help the learner too
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. 
Lots of websites with age appropriate maths games (some of which are tablet friendly).
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 and it gives you a score with which ones you got wrong.



Why not try these? They are a great - and fun -  way to do maths drills and, being free, they are hugely beneficial:


36 Maths APPs

25 more Maths APPs


Our Gifted and Talent Maths event  was held at our school with pupils from Dymchurch Primary School joining our annual event.

Years 3 & 4 solved some broken calculator tasks followed by some Tangram challenges. Years 5 & 6  solved some broken calculator problems followed by a Mathematical Murder Mystery challenge. Mr Fidge also set a conundrum for all the pupils to solve.

What a great afternoon of maths. Thank you to Mrs Budd and the pupils from Dymchurch for sharing their talent and endeavour. Well done to all involved.



On Monday 29th January through to Friday 2nd February, we participated in our annual maths week. 

During the week, we had maths-themed assemblies and our lessons, no matter what subject, contained a strong links to maths. Additionally, we also had an opportunity to share our favourite maths experiences from the Maths Week in the Friday assembly. Children from Reception right through to Year 6 shared their class news and views. We had Science lessons measuring fish tank temperatures and fish food ratios, P.E. circuit training (beating your own target in 90 second challenges), Food Technology weighing using scales, English story writing with an emphasis on maths vocabulary, measuring out the actually length and width of a smugglers boat in Year 4s Topic work, Design Technology saw some maths board games being made and, additionally, Year 6 also wrote some maths playground challenges for pupils to do at break and lunch-times; these are on the KS2 Play Leader shed. Just a few of the brilliant activities that the children got up to; thanks to everyone - staff and pupils alike!

Photos to follow...