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At Beck Row Primary School, we are proud to be following the Primary Advantage Mathematics Programme. The Primary Advantage programme was developed by a group of practising teachers working in Hackney, and is rooted in current research based into best practice in mathematics teaching and learning. It aims to develop children’s conceptual understanding and skills proficiency and is underpinned by a strong commitment to problem solving, reasoning and fluency. The Primary Advantage Mathematics Programme is based upon the National Curriculum programmes of study for Key Stages 1 and 2, and follows the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.

Using the programme, we design our mathematics lessons to support progression throughout the primary phase and teaching and learning has a strong CPA thread running throughout the school. This means that children are exposed to conceptual ideas at a concrete level with a range of apparatus (e.g. counters, beads, Numicon, Dienes, and Cuisenaire) before moving onto pictorial representations (Singapore bar model, diagrams and sketches). Focussing on the concrete and pictorial elements of mathematics before moving onto the abstract (e.g. number sentences) helps develop children’s deep conceptual understanding and skills. 


Maths lessons at Beck Row Primary are designed to be interactive, with a significant emphasis on using talk partners. We use talk partner work extensively to allow pupils to discuss and develop their ideas with peers. This enables them to construct new understanding, engage within a supportive classroom learning environment and take responsibility for their own learning.