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Here at Tredworth Infant and Nursery Academy we we believe that a quality Mathematics curriculum should ensure that ability within Mathematics is not fixed.

We foster positive ‘can do’ attitudes, believing all children can achieve in mathematics.

We provide a curriculum that we believe enables children to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics so they develop conceptual understanding and are able to apply skills and knowledge rapidly and accurately (Do it). They are able to reason mathematically by applying the concept to unfamiliar contexts, able to justify their reasoning using accurate mathematical vocabulary (Challenge it). They can solve problems by applying their knowledge to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication including real life scenarios and unfamiliar contexts (Solve it) and they enjoy maths, believe and achieve.

We promote ‘can do’ attitudes, believing all children can achieve in mathematics through understanding, belief and hard work.

Teaching of maths is focused on a secure and deep understanding of mathematical concepts including the use of     C (concrete) P (pictorial) A (abstract) techniques which supports the learning and memorisation of mathematical concepts.

Concrete - the ‘hands on’ stage where the children are introduced to an idea or skill and use manipulatives such as Numicon, Tens Frames and Diennes. This is the foundation for conceptual understanding.

Pictorial – Once the children have understood the concept they can now relate it to representations such as drawing pictures and jottings to represent a problem.

Abstract - This stage introduces the children to representing the concept using the symbols + - x ÷.

Our children are encouraged to believe they can succeed and that their teacher, and parents, believe they can succeed.

Our approach is we can’t do it 'yet’ and knowing that making mistakes is an essential part of learning. We teach the children that although maths can be difficult at times, success comes from hard work.

For the children, achieving mastery means acquiring a solid enough understanding of the maths that has been taught to enable pupils to move on to more advanced material.

‘Mastering’ maths means children acquire a deep, long-term, secure and, most importantly, adaptable understanding of the subject.

Questioning is the key to success in all our mathematics lessons and children are always asked to ‘prove it’ and explain their thinking in order to develop their mathematical thinking, fluency, oracy and vocabulary.

Vocabulary for the key learning point, is taught and reinforced daily.


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