We have fidelity to the White Rose Maths scheme for our day-to-day work in Mathematics.
Maths is taught daily. Skills, reasoning and problem-solving are interwoven in maths lessons for all children, every week.
The Concrete Pictorial Abstract (CPA) approach is a system of learning that uses physical and visual aids to build a child’s understanding of abstract topics.
Pupils are introduced to a new mathematical concept through the use of concrete resources (e.g. Numicon, place value counters, Dienes blocks etc). When they are comfortable solving problems with physical aids, they are given problems with pictures – usually pictorial representations of the concrete objects they were using.
Then they are asked to solve problems where they only have the abstract i.e. numbers or other symbols. Building these steps across a lesson can help pupils better understand the relationship between numbers and the real world, and therefore helps secure their understanding of the mathematical concept they are learning.
Each lesson begins with a mental and oral starter that may include use of the class counting stick. Maths teaching at Ightham follows the ‘Teaching for Mastery’ approach.
Children also have access to Mathletics to support their Maths learning. Your child can login to Mathletics by following the link below:
Times Tables Rock Stars
TT Rock Stars is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times tables practice. Each week concentrates on a different times table, with a recommended consolidation week for rehearsing the tables that have recently been practised every third week or so. This format has very successfully boosted times tables recall speed for hundreds of thousands of pupils over the last 7 years in over 4500 schools - both primary and secondary - worldwide. At Ightham, we've decided to help boost our own children using this programme. Here's to rocking and rolling our way to times table success.
All children from Years 1 to Year 6 should have a TT Rockstar login from their class teacher. You can access the website through this link: