Our vision for Maths ensures that every child is given a broad, balanced, engaging and relevant curriculum that follows the National Curriculum for Maths. Children are given opportunities to develop their mathematical thinking skills to prepare them for the wide variety of problem solving opportunities that they will encounter in their lives. To support children in achieving this, we use Red Rose resources in Years 1, 2 and 3, and Lancashire Maths resources in years 4, 5 and 6. These resources enable children to use a range of concrete, pictorial and abstract representations to solve problems and reason. Children can find maths difficult because it is abstract. The concrete, pictorial, abstract (CPA) approach builds on children’s existing knowledge by introducing abstract concepts in a concrete and tangible way. It involves moving from concrete materials, to pictorial representations, to abstract symbols and problems.
At Frenchwood Community Primary School we aim to inspire all children to reach their full academic potential. In Maths, this means ensuring a curriculum that is fully inclusive of all children which:
- Promotes enjoyment and enthusiasm for learning through practical activity, cross curricular learning, exploration and discussion.
- Develops competence and confidence in Mathematical knowledge, concepts, skills and vocabulary in line with the National Curriculum Programmes of Study.
- Develops the ability to think Mathematically, solve problems through decision making, to reason, to think logically and to work systematically and accurately.
- Develops communication skills and the ability to work independently and in co-operation with others.
- Explores features of shape and space, and develop measuring skills in a range of contexts.
- Understands the importance of mathematics in everyday life and promote mathematical thinking as a life skill.