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“What is mathematics? It is only a systematic effort of solving puzzles posed by nature.”

Shakuntala Devi


To support our pupils to truly understand the wide range of mathematical concepts, we use White Rose primary maths resources, that are designed to instil a deeper understanding of the skills and processes, using a full range of fun and inspiring classroom activities. White Rose supports the needs of all our children. We begin each year with a strong focus on place value as this underpins all areas of maths.


To further support children, we use the concrete, pictorial and abstract approach (CPA) to teaching to ensure the maths is embedded. The CPA approach is a system of learning that uses physical and visual aids to builds a child’s understanding of abstract topics.


Concrete representation— a pupil is first introduced to an idea or skill by acting it out with real objects. This is a ‘hands on’ component using real objects and is a foundation for conceptual understanding.


Pictorial representation – a pupil has sufficiently understood the ‘hands on’ experiences performed and can now relate them to representations, such as a diagram or picture of the problem.


Abstract representation—a pupil is now capable of representing problems by using mathematical notation, for example 12 x 2 = 24. It is important that conceptual understanding, supported by the use of representation, is secure for all procedures.


Reinforcement is achieved by going back and forth between these representations. Building these steps across a lesson can help pupils better understand the relationship between numbers and the real world, and therefore helps secure their understanding of the mathematical concept they are learning.


Maths and SEND


Maths is a valuable subject for those children at Churchfield who have SEND. The children are able to explore Maths concepts through use of practical resources, maths games, small group work, activities on Purple Mash, using real life resources such as measuring weight/capacity and scaffolds during the lesson. Teachers ensure that there are scaffolds for children needing them and all learning is differentiated to meet the needs of different learners. Children take ownership of their learning through choice of resources and questions answered which enables them to deepen their understanding of the concept taught. Maths is linked to other curriculum subjects such as Science where children collect data during an investigation and record using bar charts or pictograms.