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Kingshill Infant School


At Kingshill we believe every child should be given the same opportunities to learn. This is why we have moved to a maths mastery approach. The mastery approach focuses on helping children acquire a rich and long-term understanding of maths that can be used in real-life situations. Maths mastery involves whole-class teaching with all children working together through small steps. Once children have developed a deep understanding of the concept taught they will move on.


An essential technique within teaching maths for mastery is the Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract technique (CPA), which helps develop a deep and sustainable understanding of maths. The CPA framework allows children to experience and handle objects to help develop this invaluable knowledge. Every abstract concept is first introduced using physical, interactive concrete materials.


The purpose of the Mathematics curriculum is to develop confident and secure mathematicians, who can independently apply their knowledge and skills. Students are encouraged to employ a variety of techniques to become fluent, reason and analyse mathematically to problem solve. Therefore, we follow the White Rose Hub scheme because they incorporate mastery in their schemes of work. The aim of White Rose Hub is to enable schools to develop a culture of deep understanding, confidence and competence in maths – a culture that produces strong, secure learning and real progress. The scheme is informed by robust, world-class research and global maths experts and is used by teachers throughout the UK and internationally.


For more information on our maths curriculum, please contact our maths lead Elliott Plumb at