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The National Curriculum states: Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.

Aims of the National Curriculum:

  1. Problem solving - Pupils use mathematical concepts they have learnt to solve complex problems and apply knowledge to real-life situations.
  2. Reasoning - It is very important pupils speak and write about mathematics. Pupils learn to explain their mathematics in full sentences. For example, they learn to explain how they know an answer is right.
  3. Fluency - It is important that pupils recall facts promptly and apply mathematical knowledge accurately. To help them do this, pupils are learning to make connections in Mathematics.

How do we teach mathematics at John Keble? 

Mastering Maths: The Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract Approach.

It is vital that pupils fully understand key number concepts and not just memorise a process.

At John Keble, we explore mathematics through a Concrete>Pictorial>Abstract (C-P-A) approach.

Concrete – children use objects to help them understand and explain their Maths learning

Pictorial – children use pictures to represent their understanding

Abstract – when children can explain and show their understanding, they can move on to represent their understanding using numbers and symbols.

Together, these elements help pupils fully understand what they’ve learnt, so they can explain and show their understanding with objects, pictures and real-life examples. Objects and pictures are used to demonstrate and visualise ideas, alongside numbers and symbols.

What does my child learn each year?