As a school, we follow the White Rose Hub sequences of learning to build children’s depth of understanding when teaching each mathematical skill. The blocking sequence has been adapted to suit the needs of our learners whilst still offering a broad and balanced curriculum.
At the beginning of a maths lesson, children are exposed to a starter activity which will have been specifically selected to either address misconceptions or consolidate previous learning. This is to ensure prior knowledge is consistently drawn upon and children have a solid foundation in mathematics basic skills which can be built upon through the curriculum. This also enables children to develop a solid understanding of number and place value which underpins the mathematics curriculum.
To ensure consistent implementation of the CPA approach, each class has a range of resources to support learning and these are readily available for the children to use. We also have a central resource base that can be accessed when additional concrete resources are required.
Effective understanding and recall of times tables facts underpins understanding of many other mathematical concepts and the mathematics curriculum involves children being fluent in number skills. Our times table approach encourages all children to learn their times tables at the age related expectation. They are tested every week and their challenge is linked to personal achievement and improvement where children strive to have a ‘gold selling album’ through an X Factor themed incentive.