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At Cupernham Junior School, the maths curriculum seeks to allow all children to explore, develop and embed skills in calculation, problem solving and reasoning. They will develop a passion and sense of curiosity for maths, as well as seeing the inter-connected nature of it within the wider world.

We strive to allow all children to understand clear connections across all aspects of maths, as well as allowing them to have an inquiring mind towards problem solving and reasoning. All children throughout their maths journey will develop their fluency in the methods of calculation, whilst learning clear strategies for problem solving and reasoning.

We believe if all children have the self-confidence and resilience to approach all aspects of maths, they will achieve the foundations required to see the vital role it plays in the wider world.

How is maths taught at Cupernham Junior School ?


CPA approach (concrete, pictorial and abstract approach)

At Cupernham, the CPA approach allows all children to learn mathematical concepts in a variety of different ways. The CPA approach starts with using concrete resources e.g diennes, counters to introduce a new concept.  Children then move to a pictorial representation of the concept (models and images).  The combination of these allow children to see patterns and make connections. Children then move to an abstract representation where they are able to problem solve, replacing models and images for numbers and symbols.  This allows greater links to be made, allowing children to master a concept.


In order to support children’s ability to problem solve, children are taught fluency skills. Fluency and the instant recall of key facts allows children to make links across concepts and choose the most efficient methods when problem solving.

Sprial curriculum

A spiral curriculum allows children to re-visit concepts, focusing on the smaller steps and ultimately mastering the concept. It allows for a deeper understanding of concepts through children being able to make connections and links across concepts.