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Progression in Calculations



At St Peter’s we promote a love of mathematics. We support children in exploring mathematical ideas and concepts to promote lifelong learning with number. We encourage the children to become confident and competent mathematicians who are able fluent working with number and are able to reason and solve problems within real life contexts.



Each of the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) is explored throughout the school following a Concrete, Pictoral and Abstract approach.


Concrete – Children use concrete objects and manipulatives to help them understand and explain what they are doing.

Pictoral – Children build upon this concrete approach by using pictoral representations which can be used to aid reasoning and problem solving.

Abstract – With a secure foundation of knowledge firmly in place, children can move on to an abstract approach suing numbers and key concepts with confidence.


This policy is linked to the White Rose Schemes of Learning which is followed throughout the school and directly covers the National Curriculum for number and calculation.