Maths

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Curriculum Design

at St Wilfrid's CE Primary School


Maths Programme

White Rose Maths provides a systematic and structured approach to mathematics teaching across the year groups. This programme of study, since its introduction, has been intelligently adapted by the school. A maths yearly overview, which outlines learning objectives from Nursery to Year 6 is used to guide teachers on what should be taught each week. Teachers use this to plan daily lessons, providing the children with opportunity to practice the skills learnt before applying this to reasoning and problem-solving questions, as well as extend their individual learning. The maths overview provides a clear structure for the teaching of maths and ensures that the knowledge and skills are consistently reviewed and built upon each time they are taught. Number Fun is used alongside White Rose to support children’s learning and embed the knowledge. Number Fun contains a range of visuals to support children’s understanding of mathematical concepts, alongside their calculation posters. Each year the overview is reviewed by the maths subject leader, using feedback from staff and SLT, before its implementation the following year.

The Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract Approach

The concrete, pictorial and abstract approach runs through the maths programme.  Manipulatives, such as snap cubes, egg boxes (tens frame) and 2 sided counters are used to provide children that require extra support to facilitate a solid understanding and meaning.  When children are secure using a concrete approach, they will move their learning onto a pictorial representation, and finally the abstract recording of the number sentence or formal written method. At St Wilfrid’s our teaching focuses on all areas of concrete, pictorial and abstract, to ensure staff teach to the needs of every pupil and ensure where necessary concrete and pictorial representations are modelled for those that need them.


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