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.
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:
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:
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.