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Mathematics teaches us how to make sense of the world around us through developing a child's ability to calculate, to communicate, to reason and to solve problems.
Mathematics teaches us how to make sense of the world around us through developing a child's ability to calculate, to communicate, to reason and to solve problems.

Mathematics teaches children how to make sense of the world around them through developing their ability to calculate, reason and solve problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject. We aim to support children to achieve economic well-being and equip them with a range of computational skills and the ability to solve problems in a variety of contexts.

Talk for Maths

At Welbourne key vocabulary is introduced at the start of lessons and explained so that children are able to articulate the skills that they are learning. Getting children talking about maths can be difficult but it is an essential part of embedding learning. They have opportunities for meaningful talk about their learning in lessons so that they are able to reason confidently. All children have a talk partner with whom they bounce ideas off, discuss key concepts and problem solve. Children find the opportunity to talk and discuss their mathematical thoughts a valuable part of the lesson and their learning. Paired and group work, as well as independent work, is an important part of maths learning at Welbourne.


Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract Methods (CPA)

Concrete manipulatives are fundamental to the powerful Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract (CPA) approach and are a key resource in developing a deep understanding of maths for pupils of all ages. Concrete resources are used to develop children’s conceptual understanding of place value and the four operations. Building on the concrete, they make connections between concrete, pictorial and abstract ideas so children can truly master concepts, building on strong foundations. Diennes, place value counters and Numicon are used to develop fluency by using a visual, practical base to develop conceptual understanding and fluent recall. These resources help children to reason mathematically through the use of concrete objects and spoken language to explain & justify.


PICTORIAL – representing as pictures

ABSTRACT – representing as a number sentence.

Problem Solving

Reasoning and Problem Solving are two of the key aims of the National Curriculum. At Welbourne, we focus on how to develop reasoning for all students by using stem sentences and concrete and pictorial models to support explanations. Pupils are given regular opportunities to apply maths skills to real life problems on a weekly basis. Using practical examples, we support and challenge all learners within problem solving activities. Children enjoy applying what they have learnt to real life situations which helps put their learning into context and makes it purposeful.


Sumdog is an online resource that helps children to enjoy maths and improve their results. Currently Children from Reception to Year 6 children can login and access Sumdog at school and at home. It motivates children to access all the fun and engaging games to improve their maths skills and supports their learning at home. As children play, they answer questions. Sumdog personalises the questions for each one, and tracks their progress through the school curriculum.

Maths Club

There is a lunchtime Maths Club for KS2 children. A team of children who attend the club will be entered into the Primary Maths Challenge competition.