In mathematics we follow a mastery approach to teaching and learning. ‘Mastering maths’ means acquiring a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject. To underpin this approach the children use a wide range of resources, draw diagrams and record using numbers when exploring each area of mathematics (such as addition). This is known as the Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract (CPA) approach. The CPA approach allows children to make links between their experiences using practical apparatus, using drawings and using more abstract approaches.
Fluency, problem solving and reasoning are at the heart of our curriculum and children are frequently given the opportunity to solve a wide and varied range of problems. Lessons are structured so that children have daily opportunities to discuss their learning, acknowledging that children of all ages can use appropriate but precise mathematical vocabulary.
To help support the delivery of the 2014 National Curriculum for Mathematics teachers refer to schemes of work such as the White Rose Hub and Inspire Maths to tailor teaching to the specific needs of the class, groups and individuals.
Inspire Maths is a Singapore approach to teaching maths which is based upon the mastery approach. It aims to teach children to a greater depth and meet the high expectations of the National Curriculum.
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