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Yealmpstone Farm Primary School

'The doorway to learning for the whole community.'


Let's Work It Out!

If your child practises number facts for 10 minutes a day, they could have an extra 70 minutes per week or 3,640 minutes each year developing their mental maths skills!

Intent - What are we trying to achieve?



Mathematics equips pupils with the uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world. These tools include logical reasoning, problem solving skills and the ability to think in abstract ways. Mathematics is important in everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary in most forms of employment. It is integral to all aspects of life and with this in mind we endeavour to ensure that children develop a healthy and enthusiastic attitude towards mathematics that will stay with them.


Aim of the National Curriculum

Children who have mathematical fluency are confidently able to apply their mathematical knowledge and skills both at school and in their daily lives. 


The new national curriculum for mathematics aims that all pupils:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems overtime, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately

  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing argument, justification or proof using mathematical language

  • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions


Aims and objectives @ YFPS

Our school is committed to delivering a ‘Mastery Curriculum’, which ensures continuity and progression in the teaching of mathematics. Within a unit of work, the time spent on teaching a specific learning objective or set of learning objectives depends on the needs of the children.

A ‘Mastery Curriculum’ is designed to create a learning atmosphere:

  • where all pupils can and will achieve

  • with a focus on the development of deep structural knowledge

  • developing rapid recall of key number facts

  • through carefully chosen examples and representations supporting the opportunity to make connections between mathematical ideas

  • keeping the class working together wherever possible

  • spending longer time on key topics to ensure depth of understanding

  • providing regular problem solving opportunities in familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

Implementation - How will we achieve this?

What is the concrete pictorial approach in maths?

At Yealmpstone Farm Primary we believe it is important that children develop a deep understanding of the mathematical concepts they are learning. Therefore we have changed our teaching of maths, taking on the concrete, pictorial, abstract (CPA) approach, which is a system of learning that uses physical and visual aids to build a child’s understanding of abstract topics.


Pupils are introduced to a new mathematical concept through the use of concrete resources (e.g. fruit, Dienes blocks etc). When they are comfortable solving problems with physical aids, they are given problems with pictures – usually pictorial representations of the concrete objects they were using alongside the abstract.



Impact - What difference will this make?

 At YFPS, children:


  • enjoy their maths learning
  • are able to apply their mathematical skills in real life situations
  • are able to integrate their understanding of maths into other aspects of their learning and lives (making connections)
  • are mathematically resilient
  • are more reflective and interested in exploring learning yet further
  • are able to use the mathematical language to explain their ideas
  • are confident in their maths learning

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