St Jude's CoE Primary


We use an Optima Maths system that essentially encourages children to use symbols to represent numbers, in line with current thinking that maths is best understood first from a concrete perspective, as in using physical objects, then as a pictorial representation before advancing to the abstract of using digits, e.g. 4 + 3 = . To complement this symbolic representation of number we embed problem solving in all our maths sessions, using such schemes as White Rose, to create a smooth transition from learning the technique to applying it in a reasoning context.