St Luke's Primary

How we teach maths

At St Luke's our curriculum has been developed to meet requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 for the teaching and learning of mathematics. It is also designed to give pupils a consistent and smooth progression of learning in calculations across the school, taking into account Maths No Problem! - a Singaporean teaching style of Maths.

Concrete, Visual, Abstract:

A key principle behind the Singapore Maths textbooks and Maths Mastery is based on the concrete, visual and abstract approach. Pupils are introduced to an idea or skill by acting it out with real objects (a hands-on approach). The visual stage is where they are encouraged to relate the concrete understanding to pictorial representations. The final (abstract) stage is an opportunity for pupils to represent problems using non-formal and formal written methods.

It is expected that this CVA approach is used continuously in all new learning and calculations across the school. On most occasions the flow of learning progresses through CVA; transition between CVA approaches can be flexible and interchangeable according to the situation, for example, a child may be asked to draw or describe, using practical equipment, an abstract method they have written.

Click here to read our detailed guide to How we Teach Maths at St Luke's


Click on the links below to see overviews of the maths taught in each year group:

Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5Year 6