At Trinity, we follow a mathematics mastery approach to maths. Mathematics mastery is underpinned by three dimensions of depth; Conceptual understanding, language and communication and mathematical thinking with problem solving being at the heart of all maths learning. This is used alongside the CPA approach to teaching maths to make maths more real and accessible to the children.
We offer a cumulative curriculum based on the Mathshed scheme of learning that builds upon learning, allowing pupils to make deep connections across topics. During lessons we use multiple representations throughout to strengthen their conceptual understanding. There is an emphasis on learning and confidently using language to communicate mathematical problems and we use careful questioning to encourage students to build mathematical habits of mind.
The CPA method involves using actual objects for children to add, subtract, multiply or divide. They then progress to using pictorial representations of the object, and ultimately, abstract symbols.
Children often find maths difficult because it is abstract. The CPA approach helps children learn new ideas and build on their existing knowledge by introducing abstract concepts in a more familiar and tangible way.