Numeracy and Mathematics
Numeracy and Mathematics plays an important role in our lives and in the lives of our children. It is used in everyday activities such as buying food and clothes, time keeping and measuring.
We use a wide range of resources to support pupils and we use the highly effective approach of Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract to develop a deep understanding of maths in pupils.
Pupils are introduced to a new mathematical concept through the use of concrete resources (e.g. fruit, Dienes blocks). 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.
Children are taught basic numeracy skills including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, as well as developing problem-solving and practical skills and knowledge. Purposeful play in maths helps provide relevance for our children. Children will also develop strategies in order to solve mathematical problems and learn concepts, facts and techniques. The content of the mathematics framework includes Information Handling, Number, Money and Measurement and Shape Position and Movement
Here are some helpful resources to help you support your child with Numeracy and Mathematics at home: