Preparing the children to become numerate is our key objective. Being numerate is an essential skill to have in order to be able to function in the modern world. We use maths all the time, be it whilst cooking, planning a holiday or managing our finances. Problem solving is a fundamental part of this.
Maths is taught in many different ways at our school. The children have maths bursts which are shorter sessions that focus on mental maths, for example counting in 2s, 5s and 10s or learning the number bonds to 10. They also have guided adult-led sessions in which they might be taught a specific strategy or have time to practise and refine a new skill. When introducing new concepts we follow a CPA approach. C stands for concrete, where the children will be handling and moving objects to test out ideas, P stands for pictorial, where children may draw pictures of objects and A stands for abstract, for example when using numerals to represent an amount. Our children also apply the skills they have learnt in practical ways during ‘Discovery Time’, they might be counting, measuring, solving problems…the list is endless! Adults support this learning by making key observations and planning for the children’s next steps. As well as this we make the most of all opportunities for maths, for example reciting times tables or looking for 2D shapes as the children move around the school.
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We work together to respect
Everyone in our community regardless of difference
We realise that we all have a responsiblity to
Make the best contribution we can