We believe that all children can do maths (and do it well)!

We have been working hard across our federation to build an enriching maths curriculum that enables our children to build solid foundations whilst being challenged to develop their thinking. Our aim today, is to ensure that the children really understand the fundamentals of mathematics so that they can apply their knowledge to a range of contexts well beyond their time at Calstok School. We want our children to be independent, inquisitive and confident learners and encourage them to explore patterns, ask questions, reason and problem solve through stimulating lessons that are rich with concrete resources.

“I like the really hard challenges because sometimes I don’t think I can do them at first and then when I complete them I feel amazed!”  Leila, Year 5


What will your child be learning?

If you are interested to find out what your child is learning about in maths, please view our Calculation Policy (see below). This document shows you the way we teach maths in each year group. If you have any questions about this, please speak to your child’s class teacher.

Our Calculation Policy is split into three stages of maths: concrete, pictorial and abstract. We know that children (and adults) can find maths difficult because of its abstract nature. This approach builds on children’s existing knowledge by introducing concepts in a concrete and tangible way first so that they experience and understand mathematical processes before they meet the abstract.

Concrete: This is the ‘doing’ stage of maths. We encourage the children to manipulate practical resources so that they can experience the processes involved in maths.

Pictorial: This is the ‘seeing’ stage of maths where visual representations of concrete objects are used to model problems which encourages the children to make a mental connection between the physical object and the abstract pictures, diagrams or models.

Abstract:  This is the 'symbolic' stage, where children use numbers and mathematical symbols to model problems e.g. 6 + 4 = 10.


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