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Teaching and learning using the CPA (Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract) approach with Liz Gibbs

Course Description


  • To understand the importance of the CPA approach and the learning theories that underpin it.
  • To consider the role of place value and language in teaching and learning mathematics.
  • To use a range of manipulatives to teach number and shape
  • To solve problems using key mathematical resources.


Most primary schools are now running a mastery curriculum or a mastery approach at their school. CPA (concrete, pictorial and abstract) is at the heart of current mathematics teaching, making mathematical concepts visual for the children to see and hands on, so that they can deconstruct and reconstruct the mathematical models. In turn, this helps children to understand and make connections.

Teachers need support in how to use these key mathematical resources well. This course seeks to show how you can get the most use out of a few key resources.

Daunting long lists of mastery resources are not necessary, just the skills to use a few resources well.  During the course, delegates will look at the following key resources

  • Two coloured counters
  • Pattern blocks
  • Numicon
  • Place value equipment
  • Paper based resources such as digit cards

With these resources, teachers will be able to cover a wide range of mathematical concepts.

At the end of the course, delegates will be given a copy of the course materials to take away as either a Dropbox file to download or a memory stick to take away.

Please bring a camera or iPad/tablet to take photographs.


Friday 7th February 2020, 9am – 12.30pm

Course Delivery:

This course will be led by Liz Gibb an experienced Teacher, Trainer, publisher and independent Mathematics Consultant working nationally and internationally.


Knaresborough St John’s C of E Primary School, Stockwell Rd, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire HG5 0JN


North Star members: £50 per delegate. Non-members £75 per delegate.

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Terms & Conditions

If your school attends an event which is not included in your package your school will be charged a “pay-as-you-go” rate of £75 per half day.

Unused CPD days are non-transferable and will NOT be refunded.

Please note that in the event of a cancellation the following terms will be applied:

Cancellations within two weeks of the first event: 50% charge; cancellations within 48 hrs of the event/no show: 100% charge. If delegates do not attend all three days, your school will still be charged the full amount.


With-in a month of the first day of the event, or with-in a month of the event, which ever applies.