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Intent Statement


At Summerswood Primary School, we will ensure all children, including disadvantaged pupils, are secondary school ready by the end of Year 6. They will have confidence in everyday mathematics, an ability to problem solve and be able to challenge themselves.


Subject Leaders: Miss Summers and Mr McConville

At Summerswood, we use the Herts Essentials Maths Curriculum to plan daily maths lessons. Maths skills are taught through discreet daily lessons, which reinforce mathematical fluency and reasoning.  Pupils are taught problem solving skills and are provided with the opportunity to apply their understanding through a range of activities, which, when appropriate, they can self-select. 

Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract


HFL Essentials Maths links the concrete experiences of children in the classroom with pictorial and abstract representations (written).


Concrete Manipulatives

Objects that are moved physically by the pupil, such as counters, multilink and place value counters. Concrete resources help children make sense of abstract ideas.


At this stage, children translate the concrete experience into jottings and pictures; for example, drawing Diennes equipment or tens frames.



Ultimately, children are expected to record their mathematical thinking and working in a compacted form of notation. This would include long and short division and multiplication. Explicit individual steps may not be visible. The informal and expanded methods expose all the intermediate steps.

Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract in the Classroom

Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract in the Classroom 1
Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract in the Classroom 2