At St Peter’s we want to promote a love for learning, especially in mathematics.
We want children to gain transferable skills that they can apply in a range of situations meeting the national curriculum which states that mathematics is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment.
We are following ideas from the Singapore mathematics system and White Rose Planning Scheme; it follows a more rounded approach to teaching mathematics. White Rose concentrates on the more basic skills of place value, addition, subtraction and number bonds in greater detail, so that pupils have a deepened knowledge and understanding before moving onto more complex topics. Each section of mathematics is covered by building on previous knowledge and covering topics in depth. This may mean that pupils spend a longer time on one topic in the term than they would have done previously, but they will come away with a deep knowledge of it - which will help them more in their future learning.
The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
Understanding of mathematical ideas, rather than just the ability to complete repetitive questions successfully, is seen as the most important principle of the Singapore approach. This is aimed for through the use of hands-on resources to show answers and ideas, rather than just picture and number methods. These include linking coloured cubes, two sided counters, Numicon and many other simple but adaptable classroom tools. This approach is known as the concreate, pictorial, abstract approach (CPA). This means that all children should use concrete objects (manipulatives such as cubes, Numicon etc) before moving onto pictorial representations such as the part-part whole model and the bar model. Finally children move onto abstract representations such as calcualtions. The pace at which children move from the concrete to the pictorial then the abstract will be different for all children and some may need to revisit one area.
The concrete, pictorial and abstract representations are all interlinked and interchangeable, it is not the case that once you have used the concrete representations and move onto pictorial representations that you will not go back to using concrete representations again.