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  • Mathematics Intent

    The National Curriculum for Maths aims to ensure that all children:

    • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics
    • Are able to reason mathematically
    • Can solve problems by applying their mathematics


    At Lakeside, these skills are embedded within Maths lessons and across the curriculum, and developed consistently over time. Our vision is to ensure our children have access to a high quality Maths curriculum that is both challenging and enjoyable. We want all children to enjoy Maths, experience success in the subject, and develop the confidence to take risks and reason mathematically. 

    In Maths lessons in our school you will see pupils start with fluency of mathematical basics before progressing to reasoning and problem solving. To support this style of learning we teach a mastery approach (in EYFS & KS1) by using CPA (Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract) framework. The Concrete Pictorial Abstract (CPA) approach is a system of learning that uses physical and visual aids to build a child’s understanding of abstract topics. Pupils are introduced to a new mathematical concept through the use of concrete resources (e.g. fruit, Dienes blocks etc). When they are comfortable solving problems with physical aids, they are given problems with pictures – usually pictorial representations of the concrete objects they were using.

    We endeavour to teach daily lessons that  are stimulating and challenging whilst ensuring timetabling for the repetition of basic skills which require regular practice and overlearning. Most of all, we aim to provide our children with a variety of mathematical opportunities, which will enable them to recognise the importance of Maths in the wider world and make connections, using their mathematical skills and knowledge confidently in a range of different contexts. These opportunities allow children to see how mathematics affects the world we live in.

    All staff work hard to fully develop independent learners with inquisitive minds who have secure mathematical foundations and an interest in self-improvement.

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