About Primary Advantage Maths

The Primary Advantage Maths programme is designed to support schools leaders in building upon good practice in their schools to ensure maths teaching and learning is of the highest quality and all children make good progress. 

The PA package was developed by a group of practising teachers from the PA federation and is rooted in current research based into best practice in mathematics teaching and learning. Its aims to develop children's conceptual understanding and skills proficiency are underpinned by a strong commitment to problem solving, reasoning and fluency. 

Schools within the Primary Advantage Federation have a strong commitment to children’s maths. Daily maths lessons lay the foundations for this critical life skill as teachers follow the popular and effective PA Maths programme.

The PA Maths programme supports progression throughout the primary years and has a strong CPA thread running throughout. This means that children are exposed to conceptual ideas at a concrete level with a range of apparatus (e.g. counters, beads, Numicon and Dienes) before moving on pictorial representations. This may mean diagrams, sketches or using the Singapore bar model. Doing so develops children’s deep conceptual understanding and skills proficiency which supports the next move into abstract mathematics, such as long division.

Maths lessons are designed to be interactive with a significant emphasis on children’s talk. Through discussing their ideas, children construct new understanding, engage in a  supportive community of practice, take responsibility for their learning and allow the teacher a window into their thinking which enables appropriate action to help them progress. Fluency, reasoning and problem solving are three themes of the maths National Curriculum (DfE, 2014) and inform all maths teaching in Primary Advantage schools. 

For any enquiries or to express you interest in joining PA Maths please contact us on development@primaryadvantage.hackney.sch.uk

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CPD Model 

 

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Primary Advantage Maths Planning Document

This comprehensive document paces out maths objectives, in line with National Curriculum (DfE, 2013), links it to models and images to support teachers' subject knowledge and planning.

Each new school joining PA Maths for 2017-18 will receive a free hard copy of a PA Maths New Look Planning Document with an opportunity to purchase additional copies at £15 per copy (plus  delivery charge for schools outside of Hackney). All member schools can access a digital version of the Planning Document on the portal.

 

For any enquiries or to express you interest in joining PA Maths please contact us on development@primaryadvantage.hackney.sch.uk

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Primary Advantage Maths in your school

If you are new to PA Maths, you need to take part in the Core Training and subscribe to our membership offer.

The Core Training is also available to schools that already have PA Maths but have recently appointed maths leads or lead practitioners who would like to find out more about the programme's rationale.

All schools that have undergone Core Training can have continuous access to PA Maths CPD by subscribing to our annual or termly membership offer.

We will continue to run our successful weekly Maths workshops for anyone who wishes to attend.

Primary Advantage Maths is now used in over 70 primary schools, in Hackney, across London and beyond.

 

Find out about PA maths in Suffolk

 

For any enquiries or to express you interest in joining PA Maths please contact us on development@primaryadvantage.hackney.sch.uk

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Videos 

Springfield

 
Multiplicative Reasoning - Lower KS2

 
Pupils' first attemp at using the bar model for multiplication problems 

Pupils continue using the bar model for multiplication problems

Extending the use of the bar model
 
Division - Key Stage 2

Moving to a written algorithm for division

Representing division with place value counters

Using place value counters and recording division

Division with remainders​

Division with exchange​

 

St John and St James

Division with fractions

Pupils use the bar model to divide by a unit fraction

Extending the division by non-fraction units

Problems involving division by a fraction

Reasoning about division with fractions

 

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