At St Paul’s we have adopted a teaching for Mastery approach in order to deepen the understanding and improve progress for all children. Pupils are encouraged to develop a broad and deep understanding of maths in order to provide an excellent foundation for all future maths learning.
We follow the concrete- pictorial- abstract (CPA) approach which is a highly effective approach to teaching that develops a deep and sustainable understanding of maths in pupils. Children (and adults!) can find maths difficult because it is abstract. The 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.
Our ‘diversity in maths’ document shows some of the mathematicians of different ethnicity, age, race, ability and gender that the children will study while at St Paul’s School.
Which curriculum does St Paul’s follow for mathematics?
At St Paul’s, we follow the National Curriculum for mathematics, supported by the Maths No Problem Singapore maths scheme. Please have a look on your child’s year group page to see the curriculum map and what they will be learning this year.
How do you teach calculation?
Please look through our calculation policy (to the top, left) which cover the four operations at each different year group and the progression through the methods.
We are really keen to build up automatic recall of key maths facts. Our ‘Key Maths’ homework cards cover the key facts and skills that your child needs in order to gain maths fluency. Fluency is not solely about memorising and recalling facts; it also means being able to work flexibly and choose the most appropriate method for the problem at hand.
Please click on the colour card on the table below to open the document.
|Year Group||Colour Card||Extension work colour card|
|4||PALE BLUE||DARK BLUE|
In addition to the daily maths lesson, children also take part in a 10 minute daily ‘maths meeting’ with a focus on time, measure, shape, data handling and number. By recapping these topics regularly, it ensures that the concepts are secure in children’s long-term memory.
What else can we do to support at home?
In addition to practising the ‘Key Maths’ homework cards, each child has an individual login for Mathletics and Times Table Rock Stars.