Supporting Mathematics

Maths at Robertswood

Lessons are taught following a mastery approach, this means that the children are given opportunities to explore mathematical concepts and once they are secure, they are given opportunities to deepen their understanding.

Number continues to be the main focus so that the children can apply their knowledge in other areas of the subject. In lessons, children will be given the opportunity to develop their fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills.

An explanation of these terms:

Fluency: The children practise answering questions using efficient methods which enable them to answer questions both quickly and accurately. Once the children have secure methods, they are then able to select the most suitable method in order to achieve the correct answer.

Reasoning: The children use their mathematical skills to explain and justify answers.

Problem Solving: The children apply their knowledge to real-life situations.

To support all children in Maths with these skills, we are using a concrete, pictorial and abstract (CPA)  format.

An explanation of the three formats:

Concrete - children have the opportunity to use concrete objects and manipulatives to help them understand what they are doing. These include cubes, place value counters, bead strings etc.

Pictorial – these representations can be used to help reason and solve problems. The children are encouraged to draw these as well as read and interpret different representations.

Abstract – this refers to written methods; both concrete and pictorial representations should support the children’s understanding of abstract methods.


Please click on the documents on the left to find lots of useful ideas for supporting children in Mathematics or the second tab that includes updates to our written methods.