At Parkside Primary Academy, we endeavour to teach our children a rich and progressive curriculum. We believe that mathematics teaches us how to make sense of the world around us through developing our ability to calculate, to reason and to solve problems.
Read our full intent for teaching maths here.
Our curriculum builds upon and adapts the White Rose Maths framework, which is matched to the national curriculum and the expectations for the end of each school year. You can find our End of Year Expectations here.
The CPA (concrete, pictoral, abstract) approach is entwined in our teaching and learning, providimg the building blocks of our curriculum. At Parkside, we teach maths using concrete, pictoral and abstract representations. This helps children to learn about new ideas in a familiar, tangible and practical way before moving on to mental and written strategies.
Concrete – Children are first introduced to a new concept or skill by acting it out with objects or manipulatives like cubes or counters.
Pictoral – Once children have had a hands-on experience, they can then use pictures, diagrams or drawn models to support them in their learning.
Abstract – This stage then uses notations such as numbers and symbols. It is important not to jump straight to this step so that children develop a deeper understanding for the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of maths.
See examples of how we use the
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Last but not least, Parkside is serious about raising the profile of mathematics, ensuring it is a subject that children understand the importance of and that they enjoy learning. Our marvellous maths bands are at the centre of this, as they focus on the key skill of times table recall and provide our children with manageable goals and steps to success. Children receive the wristbands they have earned during Reward Assembly and get to add their names to our display!
See what is required to achieve each of our maths bands here.