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At Mandeville, we follow the C-P-A approach in our teaching of Mathematics. This stands for Concrete- Pictorial – Abstract. Throughout the school, we see children using concrete equipment and pictures to support their understanding of more abstract concepts. 

In addition children will use concrete equipment, such as cubes, people or animals to add numbers together. They will have real experience of counting objects and adding them together. This is done in a practical way, with children matching objects to numbers. Once secure, children will move on to using pictorial methods of recording, such as drawing pictures, or moving onto using number lines. Once secure with adding numbers to 30, children will use Diennes (base 10) to practically add larger numbers, before moving onto using refined written methods (column method).

Maths lessons are delivered across the Key Stages on a daily basis. We use a wide range of equipment and resources and vary the way the lessons are taught to ensure they are stimulating and engaging for all the different types of learners -  this may involve lessons being taught in the  playground or sometimes off site. 

Nursery and Reception

The children in our Nursery and Reception (Foundation Stage) classes follow the Early Years and Foundation Stage Curriculum EYFS. The focus of mathematical teaching and learning for this age group is very practical to ensure that the children are fully engaged while learning the initial concepts through role play, dressing up, storytelling etc. 

Key Stage 1 (Years 1 & 2)

While in Key Stage 1 the children continue to build on the skills and knowledge gained in Foundation Stage.  They learn about number bonds, how to count, read, write and order numbers to 100 and beyond where appropriate. Through practical activities, children explore and gain a better understanding of shape and space and, in turn, their environment. Through talk they begin to grasp and use mathematical language.

Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6)

By Key Stage 2 children are becoming much more confident and are well on the way to becoming independent learners. They are much more fluent with numbers and the use of the four mathematical operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). Children are given every opportunity to link their mathematics to “real life problems".                             


Mathletics is a computer based programme purchased by the school that helps students enjoy maths and improve their results in all areas. It is currently being used by pupils in years 5 and 6 only. Students are given a login with which they can enter their account from any computer which has access to the internet, either at school or at home. The programme has tutorials that allow children to practice different mathematical concepts, songs to help them learn their times tables and fun real time activities for them to complete in competition with others. Points can be earned and built up which allow them to buy virtual items. Children are encouraged to use Mathletics a minimum of 5 times a week for 20 minutes each time.

Here is a link to the Mathletics website: