At Mere Green Primary we believe every child has the capability of being a great mathematician. With this in mind, our aim is to cater learning so children leave Mere Green as a confident mathematicians; where they have a sound understanding of mathematical concepts and use this to reason and solve a range of problems in their everyday life.
The mastery approach is the core of our curriculum as we ensure deep and sustainable teaching of mathematics. We are currently using White Rose Maths to support us in delivering high quality maths lessons which deepen children’s understanding of mathematical concepts. If you would like further information regarding what your child is covering this term, please click on the below link: https://whiterosemaths.com/resources/schemes-of-learning/primary-sols/
Alongside this, we are also using the ‘Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract’ approach to ensure children have a secure understanding of concepts. The Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract approach (CPA) originates from Jerome Bruner’s theory of development. He believed that there is a process involved in developing a deep understanding of concepts (any concept, it’s not restricted to maths). His findings showed children developed a secure understanding of a concept when they manipulated concrete representations first (cubes, fraction blocks, base ten). With a greater understanding of the concrete resources, children then used pictorial representations to support their understanding by making links with the concrete objects (drawings of base ten, fraction blocks). When children no longer needed pictorial representations, children moved on to using the abstract representations (bar model, formal written methods).
We are also improving fluency in all year groups as it is vital in developing confident mathematicians. Quick recall of number and table facts enable children to focus on solving problems without the need of working out facts. To avoid cognitive overload and to improve recall of times table facts, we have recently introduced children to Times Table Rock Stars. We are really excited to be a part of the TT Rock Stars club and it is proven to be a huge hit with our children.