Primary Phase Mathematics Curriculum
At Nishkam School West London, we aim to foster a life-long love of Mathematics that will help children build a positive and resilient attitude to problem solving. We teach Mathematics through the use of Mathematics Mastery which helps pupils develop a deep, long-term and adaptable understanding of Mathematics. Mathematics Mastery enables students to think deeply and really understand concepts at a relational level rather than as a set of rules or procedures.
We base our teaching on the Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract (CPA) model of learning. This is an essential technique of Mathematics Mastery that builds on a child’s existing understanding and provides a highly effective framework for progressing pupils to abstract concepts such as fractions. CPA involves the use of concrete materials and pictorial/representational diagrams including bar models.
This approach links closely to our curriculum aims. Pupils will demonstrate Creativity in their approach to tackling new and unfamiliar problems, Resilience in their pursuit of excellence in this subject; understanding that hard work and diligence are core components of mathematical mastery. These core virtues are interwoven in all successful mathematicians, and it is our aim at Nishkam School West London to encourage these in every pupil who enters our classrooms.
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