Concrete activities use everyday objects or maths equipment to support the children's learning in maths.
Pictorial is the ‘seeing’ stage, using representations of the objects involved in maths problems, by drawing or looking at pictures, circles, diagrams or models which represent the objects in the problem.
Abstract is the ‘symbolic’ stage, where children are able to use more formal written methods to solve calculations.
The National Curriculum of mathematics gives a detailed outline of what we teach in the long term and our yearly teaching programme identifies these key objectives. Our medium-term plans are also adopted from the National Curriculum and they ensure there is a balanced coverage of the key objectives. These medium plans allow us to link our teaching to other subjects to create good cross curricular links. Our teaching is also supported from schemes such as Abacus Evolve, White Rose and a variety of other maths resources.
At Aldwyn a big emphasis is placed on having the ability to work out answers to a problem mentally so all age groups have mental maths lessons where these skills are developed at an appropriate level.
You can improve your maths by trying these games and activities at home. Click here . Every child has been given a username and password. Good luck.
How do we teach maths at Aldwyn?
We have some documents that will help explain the methods we use to teach maths to children. We hope you find them useful.
Progression in mental maths