Shoreditch Park teaches Maths using the Singapore Maths approach. This approach supports progression throughout the primary years and has a strong CPA (concrete/pictoral/abstract) thread running throughout. This means that children are exposed to conceptual ideas at a concrete level with a range of apparatus (e.g. counters, beads, diennes and Numicon) before moving on pictorial representations. This may mean diagrams, sketches or using the Singapore bar model to solve problems. Doing so develops children’s deep conceptual understanding and skills proficiency which supports the next move into abstract mathematics, such as long division.
At Shoreditch Park, we believe children should take an active role in their learning. Maths lessons are therefore designed to be interactive with a high level of pupil talk, allowing them to develop their mathematical understanding with their peers in a real life context. In addition to this pupils in every Maths lesson are taught how to self-assess their progress against their learning intention, select their maths challenge and the resources they will need to support their learning.
To deepen pupils’ understanding of Maths and build links between mathematical strands, investigations are planned weekly so that children are expose to problems in which they will need to apply their mathematical understanding.
Children are set homework every week. Homework will be based on pupils’ prior learning to allow them to embed their mathematical knowledge and apply their skills in a variety of contexts.