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Curriculum Area: Mathematics

Subject Leader: Miss L Payne  


‘Good mathematics is not about how many answers you know… It’s about how you behave when you don’t know’ – Anonymous

“A high-quality mathematics education 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.” (National Curriculum 2014)


At Brookfield, we encourage children to not only work fluently but to also be confident problem solvers. We encourage and promote multiple methods to solving problems, providing our pupils with self- confidence and resilience. 


Every child at Brookfield Community Primary School is given every opportunity to achieve their potential in mathematics.  We believe that all children have the ability to ‘master’ mathematical concepts, and we are guided by the Mastery Principles as set out by the NCETM.


This approach ensures that our curriculum is progressive, and children acquire a deep understanding of concepts that they can apply to a range of circumstances.  The use of a CPA (concrete, pictorial, abstract) approach is fundamental to our approach.


A CPA approach uses physical and visual aids to build understanding. Children are introduced to new concepts through concrete resources, and when progress they move to a pictorial approach. Once a child has a secure knowledge they move onto an abstract method. Resources and pictorial models are used to expose mathematical structures.

Miss Payne is our Mathematics Subject Leader and is also a Primary Mastery Maths Specialist for Abacus North West Maths Hub.