At Lapal, maths is challenging, enjoyable and achievable for all. We incorporate concrete manipulatives, pictorial representations, words, numbers and symbols to enable children to explore and demonstrate mathematical ideas. This also enriches learning experiences and deepens understanding. Together these elements cement knowledge so that pupils truly understand mathematical concepts and procedures. All children are regularly encouraged to recall and apply their knowledge, skills and understanding to solve problems and reason. We provide all children with a variety of opportunities which encourages them to make connections. Our goal is to equip the children with the skills of calculation, reasoning and problem solving that they need in life beyond school.

Early Maths

Mathematics in Early Years is divided into two aspects of learning: Number, where children recognise numerals, count and calculate, and Shape, Space and Measure where children develop their knowledge of shapes, size, weight, position, money and time. Children are encouraged to use mathematical language, problem solve and reason in a broad range of practical contexts and throughout their play.

Click here to view the Early Years Maths Curriculum Overview.

Early Maths Links & Websites:

  • The NCETM Early Years Area - The aim of this section is to help gain a clearer understanding of how children build early number sense and to provide tips on how best to support that learning.

  • Number Blocks - Number blocks first broadcast in January 2017. It is a preschool BBC television series aimed at introducing children to early number. Snappy animation and lovable characters combine with engaging story lines to gently introduce concepts of number to support early mathematical understanding.

  • NRICH - The NRICH Early Years resources aim to further develop young children’s natural problem-solving abilities in the context of mathematics.

  • Learning Trajectories - This is a web-based tool to support our understanding about how children think and learn about mathematics and how to teach mathematics to young children (birth to age 8).


Our Approach to Teaching Maths at Lapal

Aims of the National Curriculum

Fluency: xxx

Problem Solving: xxx

Reasoning: xxx

Our Maths Curriculum

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Please click on the year group below to see the Maths curriculum coverage for the academic year:


Mastery Approach

Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract (CPA)

The mastery approach incorporates objects, pictures, words, numbers and symbols to help children to explore and demonstrate mathematical ideas. All pupils, when introduced to a new concept, should have the opportunity to build competency in this topic by using the CPA approach. Pupils are encouraged to physically represent mathematical concepts. Objects and pictures are used to demonstrate and visualise abstract ideas, alongside numbers and symbols.

Concrete: children have the opportunity to use concrete resources to help them to understand and explain what they are doing. Children might begin by handling real objects, such as apples, and then move on to using physical representations of those objects, for example counters.

Pictorial: children then build on this concrete approach by using pictorial representations, which can then be used to reason and solve problems. Drawings act as a bridge between the concrete objects that the children have been using and the abstract symbols that they must learn to use.


Abstract: With the foundations firmly laid, children can move to an abstract approach using numbers and key concepts with confidence.

Times Tables


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