Maths Curriculum Intent

Mathematics is important in everyday life and therefore, the purpose of Mathematics at Kinderley is to develop an ability to solve problems, to reason, to think logically and to work systematically and accurately to prepare children to use Maths throughout their lives. All children are challenged and encouraged to excel in Maths, using the White Rose Hub scheme as a basis. New mathematical concepts are introduced using a ‘Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract’ approach; enabling all children to use manipulatives to enhance their learning when discovering new mathematical topics, and allows them to have clear models and images to aid their understanding. Arithmetic and basic mathematical skills are practiced daily to ensure key mathematical concepts are embedded and children can recall this information to see the links between topics in Maths.


Fluency is at the centre of the National Curriculum for maths. In this context, “fluency” refers to knowing key mathematical facts and methods and recalling these efficiently. ... It is widely acknowledged that practice, drill and memorisation are essential if children are to become mathematically fluent.


Mathematical reasoning involves thinking through mathematical problems logically in order to arrive at solutions. It also involves being able to identify what is important and unimportant in solving a problem and to explain or justify a solution.

Problem Solving

Problem Solving in Mathematics encourages pupils to solve problems by identifying what mathematics is needed and how it should be used.

It allows pupils to make connections between different strands of mathematical knowledge and understanding to solve a problem.

Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract maths teaching:

The CPA method involves using actual objects for children to add, subtract, multiply or divide. They then progress to using pictorial representations of the object, and ultimately, abstract symbols.

Children often find maths difficult because it is abstract. The CPA approach helps children learn new ideas and build on their existing knowledge by introducing abstract concepts in a more familiar and tangible way.

At Kinderley, we use White Rose Maths to support our planning and assessment for maths.