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Course Overview

Mathematics is a creative subject, where children are continually making connections and sense of concepts. Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract (CPA) is a highly effective approach to teaching that develops a deep and sustainable understanding of maths in pupils. 

This course helps teachers to refine their approach to the teaching of mathematics. Through this course we will explore CPA and how to best use the approach in your own school: 

  • Concrete – children should have the opportunity to use concrete objects and manipulatives to help them understand what they are doing.   
  • Pictorial – children should then build on this concrete approach by using pictorial representations. These representations can then be used to reason and solve problems. 
  • Abstract – with the foundations firmly laid, children should be able to move to an abstract approach using numbers and key concepts with confidence.  


Relevant to

Any teachers or TAs who teach maths in KS1 and KS2 



Facilitated by Teaching School System Leaders from IFTL. 



15th October 2019  


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19/20 Teaching through Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract (CPA) 

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