Southborough C of E Primary School


Maths At Southborough

Mathematics is an essential skill for life. As a maths school, maths is at the heart of our curriculum. Our aim at Southborough C of E Primary School is to give children skills, understanding and enjoyment of the subject. Maths is taught by following the objectives outlined in the National Curriculum and adapted according to the needs of the children. 

At Southborough we follow the principles of Singapore maths using the ‘Maths No Problem’ resources. Singapore Maths is an amalgamation of global ideas delivered as a highly effective programme of teaching methods and resources. This approach is based on research from experts such as Jerome Bruner, Richard Skemp, Jean Piaget, Lev Vygotsky and Zoltan Dienes and creates opportunities for all children to achieve mastery at maths and learn without limits.

Teaching Maths For Mastery:ordering numicon

The whole class works through the programme of study at the same pace with ample time on each topic before moving on. Ideas are revisited and deepened at higher levels as the curriculum spirals through the years.

Differentiated Activities:

Tasks and activities are designed to be accessible for all pupils to enter while still containing challenging components. For higher attainers, the textbooks and learning activities also contain non-routine questions for pupils to develop their higher-order thinking skills and apply their mathematical thinking to other contexts.

Problem Solving:

Lessons and activities are designed and taught using problem-solving approaches to encourage pupils’ higher-level thinking. The focus is on working with children’s core competencies, building on what they know to develop their relational understanding.

Concrete Pictorial Abstract (CPA) Approach:

Build it – Solve it – Draw it. 

Based on Jerome Bruner’s work, pupils learn new concepts initially using concrete examples, such as counters, then progress to drawing pictorial representations before finally using more abstract symbols, such as the equals sign.


The questions and examples are carefully varied and deepened to encourage pupils to think about the maths. Rather than provide mechanical repetition, the examples are designed to deepen pupils’ understanding and reveal misconceptions.

At Southborough we aim to provide an exciting, and enriching maths curriculum with transferable skills that will equip our children for a changing future.

Singapore Maths Parent talk