St Jude's CoE Primary

Maths

We use an Optima Maths system that essentially encourages children to use symbols to represent numbers, in line with current thinking that maths is best understood first from a concrete perspective, as in using physical objects, then as a pictorial representation before advancing to the abstract of using digits, e.g. 4 + 3 = . To complement this symbolic representation of number we embed problem solving in all our maths sessions, using such schemes as White Rose, to create a smooth transition from learning the technique to applying it in a reasoning context.