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The mathematics curriculum at Woodlands School aims to develop children’s ability to

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics
  • reason mathematically
  • solve problems by applying their mathematics


All children, who are introduced to a concept, have the opportunity to build on their abilities by following a concrete-pictorial-abstract approach.


Concrete – children have the opportunity to use concrete objects, such as base 10 and place value counters to help them understand what they are doing.


Pictorial – alongside this children use pictorial representations such as place value grids and part-whole models. These representations can then be used to help reason and solve problems.


Abstract – both concrete and pictorial representations support children’s understanding of abstract methods, leading to the use of formal written methods.


In addition to the maths lesson, each day begins with a calculation challenge. From Year 1 to Year 6, the children start the day by tackling 4 calculations – addition, subtraction, multiplication and division (once they have been introduced to the year group.) This enables pupils to have daily opportunities to develop fluency outside of the maths lesson.