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Maths at Southey Green Primary

Maths sessions take place daily throughout EYFS, KS1 and KS2 at Southey Green. Every year group has a fluency focus, a daily arithmetic starter (Fluent in 5) and a daily maths lesson where children develop their mathematical reasoning and problem-solving skills following the National Curriculum. 


EYFS - Throughout EYFS pupils are immersed in mathematical concepts and vocabulary through a mixture of interactive play and targeted mathematical activities. During this period children will also complete the ‘Early Years Number Sense Programme’, aimed at developing a concrete understanding of number concepts and subitising. 


Key Stage 1 (Y1 and Y2) - The principle focus of mathematics teaching in key stage one is that children develop confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value. As children move into Key Stage 1 at Southey Green they will begin the ‘Number Facts Fluency Programme’, leading to a deeper understanding of number and number relationships and develop fluency in addition and subtraction facts. Alongside this, they will be expected to complete calculations and reason mathematically. 


Lower Key Stage 2 (Y3 and Y4) - The National curriculum states that by the end of Year 4 children should have memorised their multiplication tables up to 12x12, and this becomes the focus for the number facts sessions in Years 3 and 4. Children will be taught their times tables, related division facts and will be given the opportunity to practise through engaging games, activities and the use of ‘Times Table Rockstars’. The children will complete the Multiplication Tables Check in June and as a school we are very proud of the achievements our pupils make in this area. Within the main maths lessons, pupils will develop efficient written and mental methods and perform calculations with increasingly larger numbers. They will also be expected to complete a range of problems, including working with decimals and fractions. 


Upper Key Stage 2 (Y5 and Y6) - In Upper Key stage 2, children will become confident in tackling a wider range of problems, including increasingly complex arithmetic and reasoning questions. They will become fluent in written methods for all four operations, and comfortable working with complex vocabulary and concepts such as fractions, decimals, percentages, ratio and algebra - laying the foundations for their transition to secondary education. 


It is crucial that all children, regardless of need and prior attainment, make progress in mathematics at Southey Green. It is the expectation that all children, with support, will access the same learning within the classroom. However, if this is not possible, children with SEND do have access to an individualised curriculum, which, where possible, will remain within the same strand of learning.


We follow an evidence-based approach to the teaching of mathematics and our planning follows the EEF 7-step lesson structure. This ensures children are supported and scaffolded throughout their learning, until they are able to complete tasks independently, and that learning is committed to long-term memory. 




Maths Lead - Mrs B. Lemm/ Mr N.Hardy