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Yealmpton Primary School

Yealmpton Primary School


At Yealmpton Primary School our intent is to develop confident individuals, successful learners and responsible citizens. Our Maths curriculum promotes challenge and enjoyment; the progression of skills, knowledge and understanding; engagement in learning and positive learning behaviour. Maths is structured to ensure engagement, development of knowledge, innovation and expression in learning.

In our implementation of Maths at Yealmpton, we all have a central belief that everyone can 'do' Maths! We believe in the following core principles which are at the heart of our Maths teaching in school.

1/ Whole class teaching

The whole class works together on the same content at the same time, to ensure all children can master concepts before moving on, allowing no pupil to be left behind. Rapid graspers are challenged through enrichment not acceleration.

2/ Coherence

Lessons are presented in small steps, with a focus on 1 key point to be mastered in the lesson

3/ Critical Thinkers – Mathematical Thinking

Ideas are introduced through problems. Ideas need to be worked on, thought about, reasoned with and discussed. Children share ideas and make their own judgements, developing critical thinkers and active learners

4/ CPA – Representation and Structure

Understanding is developed through the concrete, pictorial and the abstract. Representations develop understanding of structure. Children develop their understanding through visualisation not memorization

5/ Variation

Variation is developed through intelligent practice, where the essential features of a concept are highlighted through varying the non-essential features

6/ Fluency

In the small steps of a sequence, children develop an efficient recall of facts and procedures. They are encouraged to recognise relationships and make connections from a developing toolkit of methods, strategies and approaches

In school we follow the Maths Mastery approach championed in Singapore, following the CPA approach of developing understanding through exploring the concrete (C), visualising through representation (P) then securing through more formal number outcomes (A). We use the Maths No Problem Scheme of work and resources, which is endorsed by the DfE, to ensure effective implementation of the Mastery approach.  

The National Curriculum provides a framework that guides the mathematical skills and learning of the children as they progress through the school.  

Click here to access The National Curriculum

Please find a copy of our calculation policy and other key resources below.