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Mathematics in school

Maths is taught every day in Key Stages 1 and 2. The children have a daily Mathematics lesson which lasts approximately 1 hour.

In Key Stages 1 and 2 Mathematics is delivered through six areas:

  •   Number System
  •   Calculating
  •   Fractions, Decimals and Percentages
  •   Measurement
  •   Geometry
  •   Statistics (Y2-Y6) 

At Yew Tree, we follow a scheme called INSPIRE Maths.  INSPIRE is a whole-school primary maths programme that supports deeper thinking, in line with the higher expectations of the National Curriculum.

INSPIRE follows what we call the CPA approach to teaching maths.  This means that ALL new concepts are taught first, using CONCRETE resources (C), then using PICTORIAL representations (P), before finally moving on to the ABSTRACT form (A).

Below are some examples of the strategies used in the Inspire scheme of work 

Part whole models

These models help children to find all of the parts that make up a whole.

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Bar modelling

Bar Modelling is a strategy that the children will be taught to use from Year 2 onwards, to help them to solve problems.  It involves drawing a diagram to help to picture what the problem is asking you to do:


Below is an example from INSPIRE Maths guidance for parents which gives examples of how you can support your child at home.