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At The Southwater Infant Academy we strive to make maths fun, engaging and interesting for all children.

We intend to…

  • Ensure that our children have access to a high-quality curriculum that is both challenging and enjoyable.
  • Develop our children as mathematicians by providing a foundation for understanding the place of maths in the world, the ability to become fluent in the fundamentals of maths, reason and problem solve mathematically and to prepare for the wider world and future education.
  • Ensure an inclusive ethos where all children know and believe that they can achieve in maths.
  • Provide our children with a variety of mathematical opportunities, which will enable them to make the connections in learning needed to enjoy greater depth in learning.
  • Ensure children are confident mathematicians who are not afraid to take risks.



At The Southwater Infant Academy, we pride ourselves on a secure understanding of the mathematics curriculum and we use resources from the NCETM to support teacher subject knowledge and to guide us in executing mastery in maths teaching and learning opportunities. We are working closely with the Sussex Maths Hub and participating in their ‘Primary Teaching for Mastery Work Group’ to continue on our maths mastery journey. We believe that by implementing maths mastery teaching in our classrooms we will allow our children to acquire a deep and long-term understandings of maths that they can use in different real-life contexts. We provide opportunities for our children to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, to reason mathematically in a range of situations and to develop skills in problem solving to prepare them for the wider world and later education.

A typical maths lesson will provide the opportunity for all children, regardless of their ability, to work-through Fluency, Reasoning and Problem Solving activities. The expectation is that the majority of children will move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace. However, decisions about when to progress are based on the security of children’s understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Children who grasp concepts rapidly are challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material should consolidate their understanding, including additional practice, before moving on.

Mental mathematics is a key skill and we recognise that our children need to be fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics. We therefore ensure that accurate and rapid recall of fundamental facts are weaved through our school day, for example, times-table facts to support counting when lining up and spending a short time teach day practising number bonds. We feel it is an important step to develop conceptual understanding by identifying patterns and relationships between these number facts, which will then further support our children in their procedural fluency development.

At The Southwater Infant Academy, there is a strong emphasis on developing rich number sense for our young children. This requires children to be provided with multiple opportunities to make sense of numbers through concrete, pictorial and abstract representations (CPA). Children are encouraged to physically represent mathematical concepts. Objects and pictures are used to demonstrate and visualise abstract ideas, alongside numbers and symbols.

Concrete – children have the opportunity to use concrete objects and manipulatives to help them understand and explain what they are doing.

Pictorial – children then build on this concrete approach by using pictorial representations, which can then be used to reason and solve problems.

Abstract – with the foundations firmly laid, children can move to an abstract approach using numbers and key concepts with confidence.

Our children are provided with a variety of different resources to enable them to access their mathematic learning. These include Numicon, Dienes, Place Value Counters, 100 Squares and Number Lines. They are available for children to access independently and are accessible in every classroom.

Our aim in mathematics is for learning to have a purpose. We want our children to be able to apply the key skills of learning in a variety of practical concepts to give meaning to maths using real - life opportunities. We endeavour to provide this by creating as many purposeful maths opportunities within the classroom and within the wider environment. Cross curricular links are made wherever possible such as orienteering in geography to learn about position and turns and understanding of time through science learning on the seasons.

We also want our parents to be involved with their children’s learning. We provide fortnightly maths challenges for children to complete at home in all year groups and ensure the fundamental number facts for each year group are communicated to parents in order for the children to continue their practise at home. We support parents by providing workshops and demonstrate how maths is taught and ways they can support their child’s learning at home.


Children enjoy maths at The Southwater Infant Academy. Through rich learning opportunities children acquire the knowledge and skills required to develop as mathematicians. They use our learning powers and are resilient, creative and reflective learners, working cooperatively with their peers. They talk enthusiastically and confidently about their learning. All learners make good progress from their starting points. They are able to solve problems in a range of contexts and reason mathematically.

View our Curriculum Statement