At Dunton Green Primary School we have a strong focus on developing a broad maths toolkit that can be used across other areas of the curriculum and out into wider life opportunities. Children use and develop this toolkit, which includes a range of mathematical manipulatives and representations, from the EYFS right through to Year 6.
From the outset, we feel that it is important to adopt a concrete, pictorial, abstract approach to learning maths. In practice this is a strategy that might be employed within a single lesson, with children progressing through these stages within a single concept, or across a series of lessons over a longer period of time as children embed their understanding and apply it to new contexts. At DGPS, we believe that this approach is the key to developing a deeper understanding of maths, which in turn enables children to reason mathematically and develop their problem solving skills. It also encourages a growth mindset with children seeing achievement as a result of perseverance and resilience rather than something which is governed by a predetermined ability.
It is our strongly-held belief that all children can become competent mathematicians with the right guidance. For this reason, all children within a class focus on the same learning intention within a maths lesson and work through a series of differentiated activities. Through careful, informed planning, these activities enable all children to develop their fluency, problem solving and reasoning skills at a level that challenges them individually.
For a more detailed, comprehensive insight into maths at Dunton Green Primary School, please click here to read our Maths Policy. If you are interested in finding out more about the types of manipulative and pictorial representation that we use please click here to see the calculation policies (KS1 and KS2) and click here for the guidance notes.