Mathematics at St Paul’s Catholic Primary School
At St Paul’s Primary Catholic School we see maths as an essential life skill. We are committed to ensuring that children have a positive and meaningful experience of mathematics from Nursery to Year 6. The new mathematics curriculum offers 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.
White Rose Maths
Here at St Paul’s we use White Rose maths to support the planning and resourcing of lessons. This supports teachers in building a whole new culture of deep understanding, confidence and competence in maths – a culture that produces strong, secure learning and real progress. Children become independent, reflective thinkers, whose skills not only liberate them in maths but also support them across the curriculum
One of the key learning principles behind WhiteRose maths is the concrete-pictorial-abstract approach (CPA).
Concrete representation A child is first introduced to an idea or a skill by acting it out with real objects. In division, for example, this might be done by separating apples into groups of red ones and green ones or by sharing 12 biscuits amongst 6 children. This is a 'hands on' component using real objects and it is the foundation for conceptual understanding.
Pictorial representation A child has sufficiently understood the hands-on experiences performed and can now relate them to representations, such as a diagram or picture of the problem. In the case of a division exercise this could be the action of circling objects.
Abstract representation A child is now capable of representing problems by using mathematical notation, for example: 12 ÷ 2 = 6. This is the ultimate mode, for it "is clearly the most mysterious of the three
It’s good because…
- It deepens children’s understanding of maths with lots of problem solving.
- Every page in the text books has been carefully designed to deepen the children’s understanding
- Everyone moves through the unit at the same time and children mostly sit in mixed ability groups
- It develops the children’s mathematical vocabulary as the children must answer in full sentences
- It encourages the use of resources for all learners and follows the CPA approach – concrete, pictorial, abstract
At St Paul’s we deliver daily maths meeting which allow the children the opportunity to repeated practice on basic skills and concepts. Maths meetings are short sessions that are not recorded but ensure all the children are involved 100% of the time. This year maths meetings are being used to support the learning of previous objectives that have been missed due to Covid19.