Maths at St James
Learning the fundamental concepts of maths is vitally important. That is why we have decided to use the approaches of a well-researched and common-sense approach to maths.
The Singapore Maths scheme enables all of our children to access the relevant learning at their stage, whilst being supported by plenty of hands-on resources and materials.
Throughout school, we have applied the Singapore Maths philosophy. Children receive a concrete understanding of a concept i.e. they physically use materials to experiment, manipulate and learn a concept. Next, the children use pictorial representations of the concept to further develop their understanding. Then, the use of abstract questions completes their understanding. This is then further challenged by ‘mastery’ level tasks that require the children to show their understanding in a range of contexts and applications. An example of the process can be seen below.
In the Early Years they will spend a lot of time talking and learning about the value of number. They will learn how to use a ten-frame so that they can begin to see the relationship between numbers and their value.
In Key Stage 1 the children will use the Singapore Maths textbooks to support their learning. The books provide the children with exciting stimulus and a great structure to learn the key concepts of maths at a challenging pace.
In Key Stage 2 the children will learn the principles of Singapore Maths and receive a clear learning journey that takes them through the concrete-pictorial-abstract-mastery process.