Maths at Crossley Hall is taught using the ‘Inspire Maths’ approach. This is a high quality, whole-school primary maths programme based on the leading Singapore Maths series ‘My Pals are Here’ (used in 100% of Singapore’s state primary schools). Pupils are grouped in mixed ability classes, and they work with a carefully chosen ‘Maths Buddy’ to develop their mathematical knowledge through talk and experimentation with materials. Pupil textbooks for each year group introduce concepts in a highly scaffolded way, enabling all children to develop critical thinking skills, make mathematical connections and become confident mathematicians overall.
Our school uses ‘Inspire Maths’ materials because they are grounded in recent educational research, acknowledging that a concrete – pictorial – abstract approach is the best way to ensure secure foundations and a deep understanding of mathematical concepts:
All children are encouraged to use materials at all stages of their maths learning, such as Base 10, place value counters, straws and multilink. This helps to develop their understanding around a particular concept, as well as creating ‘mental models and images’ from this to consolidate their understanding.
We are confident that this is the best approach to teach maths at Crossley Hall because: