At Upper Beeding Primary School, we promote a love for maths. We support children in seeing Maths as a lifelong learning skill that is fun, engaging and challenging. We adopt the mastery approach to learning maths and our children are able to reason mathematically, solve problems and develop their number fluency. Our aim is that our children will become confident mathematicians and that they will enjoy reaching their full mathematical potential.



Concrete, pictorial, abstract

Objects, pictures, words, numbers and symbols are everywhere. The mastery approach incorporates all of these to help children explore and demonstrate mathematical ideas, enrich their learning experience and deepen their understanding. Together, these elements help cement knowledge so pupils truly understand what they’ve learnt.

Concrete – children have the opportunity to use concrete objects and manipulatives to help them understand and explain what they are doing.

Pictorial – children then build on this concrete approach by using pictorial representations, which can then be used to reason and solve problems.

Abstract – With the foundations firmly laid, children can move to an abstract approach using numbers and key concepts with confidence.


During the Autumn Term, Upper Beeding Primary School participated in a 'Maths Week', a week of activities to celebrate Maths. All the school took part in a variety of Maths related themes linked to different books and activities. Some children also participated in Maths competitions. We also held a parents open afternoon to demonstrate different aspects of Maths and give them the chance to play Maths games with the children.