At Menstrie Primary School we have started to develop a focus on developing conceptual understanding alongside procedural fluency.
We use problem-solving, investigations and challenging problems and intelligent practice that reinforces pupils’ procedural fluency.
We have discovered that although the children can answer questions in rote fashion they do not have a deep understanding of the concepts being taught and this creates problems when revisiting parts of the curriculum.
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Using a mastery approach allows the children to develop a deeper understanding of the concepts using a variety of strategies and as a result they are able to embed the strategies fully. Using a concrete material, pictorial and abstract approach to maths allows the children to develop their maths skills that are unique to them.
We have been using this approach for the last year in Primary 5 to Primary 7 and there has been a marked development in their attainment and more importantly their maths confidence and enjoyment.
The school recently purchased ‘Primary Maths for Scotland’ resources. Click here for more information.


Concrete / Pictoral / Abstract (CPA) Approach 

A highly effective approach to teaching that develops a deep and sustainable understanding of maths in pupils. Pupils in the school have access to a range of materials to support this.

Questions to Deepen Mathematical Understanding

Questioning learners is so important to build a deeper understanding of key concepts. The work done by teachers in school can be supported at home by using some of the following…

How did you get your answer?

Can you describe the method/pattern/rule to us all?

Can you explain why it works?

What could you try next?

Would it work with different numbers?

What if you had started with… rather than…?

What if you could only use…?

Is it a reasonable answer/result?

What have you learned or found out today?

If you were doing it again, what would you do differently?

What are the key points or ideas that you need to remember for the next time?


Maths week Scotland 

Every September, learners at Menstrie Primary School join schools from all over Scotland in a celebration of the importance of maths in our everyday lives. This year, joins us 28th September 2020 to 4th October 2020. More information will be communicated soon but you can also check the official website


Sumdog Online Maths Learning

Sumdog’s educational games are part of the Maths approach at Menstrie. Click here for more information.

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