Maths is taught every day. We focus heavily on the Four Operations as many of our children have gaps in their learning as a result of previous part time timetables, periods out of education or exclusions from their mainstream schools.
Maths will be given a context for the children to learn within which may relate to their current IPC Topic or another aspect of real life. Children are assessed within lessons/topics and moved on/supported accordingly. We also formally assess their overall maths knowledge at least four times a year.
At Vermont, we use the concrete, pictorial and abstract approach to develop the children's understanding of the core concepts in maths.
We use concrete materials such as Numicon, bead strings and base ten models to teach the understanding of place value and the four operations. This is supported with the pictorial representation of the model to support recording answers which will then develop on to the children having a firm enough grasp to calculate in their heads. This is the abstract stage.