At Snodland CEP we provide a programme of study based on objectives outlined in the National Curriculum (2014). Our aim is to ensure that pupils progress through the curriculum at a pace that challenges them, but also ensures they have consolidated their learning. We want every pupil to develop a sense of curiosity and love of maths, therefore we place considerable emphasis on creating opportunities for children to actively engage with the concepts being taught. All new concepts are introduced using the Concrete Pictorial Abstract (CPA) approach to build children’s mathematical fluency.
Concrete Phase: pupils act out scenarios with real objects.
Pictorial Phase: after sufficient hands-on experience pupils can relate understanding to pictorial representations.
Abstract Phase: pupils represent problems using mathematical notations.
We also pride ourselves on developing a strong teaching for mastery approach, with the expectation that all pupils will gain a deep understanding of what is being taught. A teaching for mastery approach means that pupils who grasp the concepts more quickly are given opportunities to deepen their knowledge and improve their reasoning skills, rather than moving on to new content. This will enable pupils to think and talk like a mathematician.
As a school we have also developed a consistent approach to the teaching of written calculations in order to establish continuity and progression throughout the school. This is to ensure that by the end of Year 6, all children who are considered ‘Secondary Ready’ will be secure with a compact standard written method for each operation.
Snodland Church of England Primary School - Calculation Policy - PDF