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Mathematics

Maths in our Schools

The teaching of mathematics in our schools ensures that fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills are developed in every learning opportunity. We recognise the importance of maths in our daily lives and help our children to:

  • learn the skills of arithmetic, geometry and measure that these can be used in everyday life and developed later for the specific demands of a particular career.
  • develop problem-solving and reasoning skills that are so vital in day-to-day life
  • recognise Mathematics and mathematical thinking as a life skill
  • develop creative thinking skills – an invaluable skill in every subject area
  •  develop an ability to use and apply Mathematics skills across the curriculum

Click here to find out more about the maths curriculum we teach in our schools.

We use a DfE approved scheme, Power Maths, to deliver our mathematics curriculum in our schools.

Please look at the 'Learn-Its' below too- these set out the expectations for each year group- your child needs to know these compulsory Learn-Its!

To be successful in Maths, we recognise that pupils need to develop their conceptual understanding. In other words, pupils don’t only need to be able to recall facts quickly, they also need to be able to apply their knowledge in a range of different contexts, including those that are new and unfamiliar. This is the idea at the heart of ‘Maths Mastery’, an approach to Maths based upon best practice found in Singapore.

In order to develop conceptual understanding in our pupils, this year we are implementing the CPA approach to learning (concrete, pictorial and abstract). This approach recognises that in order for pupils to understand abstract concepts, they must first learn mathematical concepts through the use of concrete resources and pictorial representation.

Concrete is the ‘doing’ stage, using concrete objects to solve problems. It brings concepts to life by allowing children to handle physical objects themselves.

Pictorial is the ‘seeing’ stage, using representations of the objects involved in maths problems. This stage encourages children to make a mental connection between the physical object and abstract levels of understanding, by drawing or looking at pictures, circles, diagrams or models which represent the objects in the problem.

Abstract is the ‘symbolic’ stage, where children are able to use abstract symbols to model and solve maths problems.

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