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Elmhurst School

An Academy of the Great Learners Trust

Maths Curriculum Intent

Elmhurst School is dedicated to enabling children to recognise the importance of mathematics in the wider world so that they are able to use their mathematical skills and knowledge confidently in a variety of situations in their lives. We want all children to enjoy mathematics and to develop a deep and sustained conceptual understanding so that they can experience success in the subject. ​At Elmhurst, we have the highest expectations for every learner; we want our pupils to master maths rather than having only surface knowledge and skills in this subject.  ​

A mathematical concept or skill has been mastered when, through exploration, clarification, practice and application over time a student can represent it in multiple ways.  Mastery means that pupils can think mathematically with the concept so that they can independently apply it to a totally new problem in an unfamiliar situation.​

At the core of our curriculum is the CONCRETE, PICTORIAL and ABSTRACT 

approach to maths.​

  • Concrete – children have the opportunity to use concrete objects to help them understand and explain what they are doing.​

  • Pictorial – children then build on this concrete approach by using pictorial representations, which can then be used to reason and solve problems.​

  • Abstract – With the foundations firmly laid, children can move to an abstract approach using numbers and key concepts with confidence.​

Page last updated 10/08/2021