Arithmetic skills are vital for children in order to develop their problem solving abilities. Our Calculation Policy is available online and it shows the order in which our children develop these skills and the steps we use to enable them to achieve learning objectives.
At SASJ, we try to make sure that children truly grasp the concepts we are teaching. We move in stages - beginning with concrete objects to demonstrate what we are teaching. Then, we move on to pictorial resources and finally, we progress to the abstract. By this time, the children are clear on why and how their calculations work and therefore, their learning can move on.
Children of all ages learn in this way so Year 6 may be using the same concrete objects to develop concepts as the younger children. Click here to read an article about the CPA approach.