Ightenhill Primary School

To be the best that we can be.


Our rationale;


At Ightenhill Primary School we believe that mathematics is a tool for everyday life.

It is a whole network of concepts and relationships which provide a way of viewing and making sense of the world. It is used to analyse and communicate information and ideas and to tackle a range of practical tasks and real-life problems. It creates a confidence when dealing with number in all walks of life as well as a lifelong enjoyment of the challenges and puzzles that are available.



It is our aim to develop:


  • a positive attitude towards mathematics and an awareness of the fascination of mathematics
  • explore mathematics in a creative way through Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract approach.
  • competence and confidence in mathematical knowledge, concepts, and skills
  • develop mathematical understanding through systematic direct teaching of appropriate learning objectives
  • an ability to solve problems, to reason, to think logically and to work systematically and accurately
  • initiative and an ability to work both independently and in cooperation with others
  • an ability to communicate mathematics, sharing ideas, experiences and questions clearly and fluently using the appropriate mathematical language
  • an ability to use and apply mathematics across the curriculum and in real life situations
  • an understanding of mathematics through a process of enquiry and experimentation

Maths in Action!


At Ightenhill, we follow a Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract (CPA) approach to teach Maths which allows the children to build on their existing knowledge by introducing abstract concepts in a concrete and tangible way. It involves moving from concrete materials, to pictorial representations, to abstract symbols and problems.


Here are just a few examples.

Here, the children are developing their understanding of Place Value in a fun and practical way.  During this lesson, they used their place value knowledge to solve some subtraction problems using base 10. Miss Atkin was super impressed as they could also demonstrate how to exchange one ten for ten ones. Well done!

Here, you can see the children using tens frames to make numbers to 20. This visual learning helps them to calculate number bonds that are essential for solving addition and subtraction problems. What impressive Math's skills!