At Pinner Wood School, we view Mathematics as being essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering and necessary in most forms of employment. We, therefore, provide a high-quality Mathematics education that gives children an understanding of the world, the ability to reason mathematically, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
In teaching Mathematics we use the CPA (Concrete, Abstract, Pictoral) model. This is evident in our calculation policy. The idea behind this is that concepts are built in small, logical steps and are explored through clear mathematical models and images. The focus is on depth – not acceleration – so that all children have a chance to embed learning. Teaching is supported by high-quality resources which present the flow of lessons coherently and provide opportunities for plenty of practice. Children use concrete resources and pictures to physically represent mathematical concepts alongside numbers and symbols – this helps them to visualise ideas.
Our aim at Pinner Wood School is to develop:
The maths curriculum
In KS1 and KS2 (Years 1-6) our teachers follow the national curriculum objectives. Maths is taught through 3 main areas; fluency, problem solving and reasoning.
The maths passport is a focus on Mathematical fluency covering mental strategies. This starts in Year 1 and continues with the child until they leave in year 6. They are a personalised way of learning number facts as the children are challenged at an appropriate level for them. Children begin their maths passport journey on the passport ‘Neptune’ and as they meet these targets, they will move to the next planet until they reach the ‘Sun’. Children progress at their own speed and move onto the next passport when they have been tested by their teachers and achieved all their targets. Children should practice their targets at home for at around 10 minutes a day. This can be done anywhere at any time through simply talking to your child as the targets are based on the children knowing mental maths by heart.