At Deykin Avenue Junior & Infant School, we follow White Rose Maths in Years 1-6. The White Rose schemes of learning are designed to support a mastery approach to teaching and learning, as well as to support the aims and objectives of the National Curriculum. It is a scheme that has been developed by a team of passionate maths teaching experts who are influenced, inspired and informed by the work of leading maths researchers and practitioners across the world. The scheme's fundamental belief is that 'everyone can do Maths', and it is designed to teach to the 'mastery' of concepts so pupils become confident and resilient mathematicians.
It uses the CPA (Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract) approach, which is a highly effective approach to teaching that develops a deep and sustainable understanding of maths in pupils. CPA was developed by American psychologist Jerome Bruner. It is an essential technique within the Singapore method of teaching maths for mastery:
Concrete – children should have the opportunity to use concrete objects to help them understand what they are doing.
Pictorial – alongside this, children should use pictorial representations. These representations can then be used to help reason and solve problems.
Abstract – both concrete and pictorial representations should support children’s understanding of abstract methods.
In Reception class, we use Number Sense to deliver the curriculum aims and we also use this in Years 1 and 2 (in addition to White Rose).
“I didn’t do it like that when I was at school!”: this is a common statement we hear from parents and carers and so, we thought the videos below might be useful: