Our aim at Shirley Heath is for all children to become fluent and resilient mathematicians, who are able to reason and problem solve independently. As both children and adults, we are required to use a range of mathematical skills in everyday life and, as such, we believe that our children should be equipped with the knowledge and understanding to help them succeed.
Opportunities for fluency, reasoning and problem solving are deeply embedded within our planning, ensuring that all children - regardless of ability - have the chance to explore each of the three intertwining strands. The concrete, pictorial, abstract (CPA) approach is used in all classrooms to ensure that children have a deep understanding of concepts; they explore ideas using practical equipment and visual images first before attempting any abstract ideas. Within lessons, children are encouraged to talk about their learning with their peers, sharing their ideas, exploring and investigating for themselves, using the correct mathematical vocabulary and full sentences to explain themselves.