Across the Federation, we use a CPA (concrete, pictorial, abstract) approach to teach mathematical fluency.
Children are introduced to new mathematical concepts through the use of concrete objects (e.g. counters). They then explore concepts pictorially (usually representations of the concrete objects they have used) and finally, they solve problems where they only have the abstract (i.e. numbers and symbols). Building these steps helps children secure their understanding by seeing the relationship between numbers and the real world.
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