At Emsworth Primary School we strive to provide children with the necessary skills to enable them to become confident mathematicians now and later in life.
The National Curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately
- reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
- can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions
At Emsworth Primary School, in order to meet the National Curriculum requirements and to support our approach to teaching for Mastery of Mathematics, we have adopted the White Rose Maths scheme to assist us with the planning and teaching of this subject.
The White Rose Scheme has:
- number at their heart with a large proportion of time is spent reinforcing number to build understanding and competency.
- a ‘small steps’ approach to learning to ensure a better understanding of mathematical concepts.
- a varied fluency approach that supports the ideal of depth of learning before breadth of learning.
- plenty of opportunities to build reasoning and problem solving elements into the curriculum.
To support the implementation of the White Rose scheme and to assist the children’s learning and understanding, we have undertaken the Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract (CPA) approach across the whole school. This approach ensures a deeper and more sustainable understanding of the different mathematical concepts and their relationship to real life problems. The following video explains this concept in greater detail: https://mathsnoproblem.com/en/mastery/concrete-pictorial-abstract/
You can also follow this link for access to the National Curriculum content for maths: