Mathematics is a creative and highly interconnected subject that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment.
At Westover Primary School, our mathematics curriculum is designed to provide children with high quality teaching and modelling of mathematical concepts and skills. It provides 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.
The main aims of the Primary Mathematics Curriculum are:
For this reason, our lessons are planned carefully to ensure that children build upon their mathematical fluency and apply their skills to different problems and puzzles. We also ensure that there are many opportunities for pupils to talk about their maths and reason about it. We always aim for all pupils to be working within age related expectations and encourage the children to grapple with some more challenging problems as they apply and use their mathematics at greater depth.
At Westover, we really value the CPA approach to mathematics – Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract. This means that when teaching a new concept or skill the children use lots of different ‘Concrete’ equipment to help them to understand it. Once the children have mastered a skill using equipment, we move to a ‘Pictures’ to represent the objects and finally we move to the more ‘Abstract’ calculation. We actively encourage pupils in all year groups to use equipment and pictures to support them with their mathematics and to help secure a good understanding.
Please click on the following links to find information about mathematics at Westover Primary School.
Each year group publish their curriculum in their newsletters for the half-term. Please go to the Year Groups tab and click on a class in the year group to view the newsletters and information about the curriculum.