Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract (CPA) approach 

At Errington Primary School we recognise that the CPA approach is highly effective in the teaching of Maths to develop conceptual understanding. This approach is recommended to deliver a mastery approach to teaching mathematics. True mastery aims to develop all children’s understanding at the same pace. As much as possible, children should access the same learning. Differentiation should primarily be through support, scaffolding and deepening, not through task or learning outcome. Objects, pictures, words, numbers and symbols are everywhere. The mastery approach incorporates all of these to help children explore and demonstrate mathematical ideas, enrich their learning experience and deepen understanding. Together, these elements help cement knowledge so pupils truly understand what they have learnt.

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