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Our approach to Mathematics

Our approach to Maths

At Upton Heath Church of England Primary School follows the National Curriculum programs of study for the teaching of mathematics and aims to excel in its three core areas:

  • Fluency
  • Reasoning
  • Problem solving

Each year group are taught to be fluent in the fundamental workings of the number system as this feeds into all number based work and wider problem solving activities.

Pupils are taught to reason and generalise about a mathematical statement. They are taught to design or pursue a line of enquiry by applying their knowledge of number relationships.

Ultimately, when pupils are fluent and able to reason, they then apply these skills to a wide range of everyday problems which they are then able to break down into smaller steps/stages to be solved.

Upton Heath Church of England Primary School follows a CPA (concrete, pictorial, abstract) approach to the teaching of mathematics. Once pupils are secure and confident in one stage of this process they then move on to the next.

In Foundation Stage, pupils are taught and assessed using the Early Learning Goals: Number and Shape, Space and Measure. Their progress is tracked, recorded and shared with parents and carers using their Learning Journey.

At Upton Heath, inspiring children to learn is at the heart of what we do so progress in maths is both easy and fun for children and teachers.

Presenting a problem and developing the skills needed to solve that problem is more motivational than teaching the skills without a context; therefore practical maths is central to our teaching approach. Teaching maths via problem solving increases the number of individuals who think for themselves in a constantly changing environment.

As teachers, we support our children to develop the skills they need to tackle problems. Questioning and deep thinking are valued, mistakes are seen as useful, all students contribute and their suggestions are valued, being stuck is seen as honourable and students learn from shared discussion with the teacher, other adults and peers.

Developing key skills in maths is the foundation to our curriculum so that our children can apply them to real life situations. The children are given a range of practical based activities and open-ended challenges that equip them with the necessary skills in mathematics.

Click below to see our Calculation policy, a guide for parents to help their child with maths at home.

Also take a look at our Phase Maths Examples to help support your child at home.

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