Drake Primary School and Little Pirates Child Care

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Vision Statement

At Drake, we unlock opportunity and inspire everyone. Our aim is for children to leave as confident, skilled and resilient mathematicians; who understand that mathematics is a fundamental part of everyday life and the world we live in.



Mathematics is important in everyday life and, with this is mind, we intend to provide a curriculum which caters for the needs of individuals.  It sets them up with the necessary skills and knowledge for them to become successful in their future adventures. The purpose of Mathematics at Drake Primary School and Little Pirates Child Care is to develop an ability to solve unfamiliar problems, to reason mathematically, to think logically and to work systematically. Mathematical concepts are introduced using a ‘Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract’ approach; enabling all children to experience hands-on learning when building on mathematical topics, and allows them to have clear models and images to aid their understanding. We encourage resilience, adaptability and acceptance that ‘struggle’ is often a necessary step in learning. Our curriculum allows children to better make sense of the world around them relating the pattern between mathematics and everyday life.



Maths at Drake:

  • Key Maths skills are taught daily; Focussing on key mathematical skills including place value, the four operations and fractions.
  • A range of reasoning prompts are used to challenge all children and give them the opportunity to explain, convince and prove their thinking and understanding.
  • Maths meetings and immediate interventions are used to support children to ensure children are ready for their next Maths lesson.
  • Children are taught through targeted differentiated small group and mixed ability whole class lessons.
  • Lessons use a Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract approach to guide children through their understanding of mathematical processes.



As a result of our Maths teaching at Drake you will see:

  • Engaged children who are challenged.
  • Confident children who can talk about Maths and their learning and the links between Mathematical topics.
  • Lessons that use a variety of resources to support learning.
  • Different representations of mathematical concepts.
  • Learning that is tracked and monitored to ensure all children make at least good progress from their starting points.

Maths at Drake