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Maths at Pinders


Mathematics makes a considerable contribution to the overall school curriculum and is constantly used in everyday life. The ability to apply it effectively to unfamiliar problems is therefore very important. A broad mathematical education is essential for all pupils to equip them to enjoy and to meet the responsibilities of adult life in the world today.


Aims and purposes of mathematics

Throughout the school mathematics is organised to follow the 2014 National Curriculum. When possible, practical opportunities, using models and real life situations are incorporated into lessons. This will support and increase all children’s access to excellent teaching, leading to exciting and successful learning.


We aim to provide the children with a mathematics curriculum which will allow them to become confident individuals through developing their mathematical skills to their full potential. We also aim to present maths as a challenging, exciting, creative and relevant subject in order to promote a positive and confident attitude.

Maths teaching should contribute to the acquisition of life-long skills and promote enjoyment and enthusiasm for learning through practical activity, exploration and discussion.


Mastery Maths at Pinders - 2016-17 Journey


In 2016, Pinders began its journey towards mastery of mathematics, with support from the White Rose Maths Hub. A mastery approach aims for children to attain a deep understanding of a skill in maths so they can do things such as: apply it to word problems, talk about it with the correct language and even help others! We use the Maths No Problem books to support our learning. Follow this link to read more about mastery in the Maths No Problem textbooks - click here.


Introducing Same-day Intervention


The year began with training for staff on our new approach to maths. Alongside the new textbooks, we changed the way that lessons were taught. The new lesson structure is below.


Lots of new resources were purchased so that children could experience mathematics 'hands on'. Many children find concepts difficult with numbers straight away, so pictures and objects can help them understand.


Training and the Bar Model


Some of the concepts in maths can be tricky to understand, so in order to help children visualise their harder word problems, staff were trained in the use of the bar model. The bar model gives a way of pictorially representing problems, as well as helping children see links between areas such as fractions, division and multiplication.


A document below explains about the bar model and how it works in each year group.




Working on the Pictorial


Sometimes concepts can seem very difficult when written down. Trying to visualise a problem can really help, so training was organised to help staff explain concepts to children using pictures to help, no matter what age! The maths policy, with the pictorial methods, is below to be downloaded.


Use of the Bar Model