At Holy Family Primary School we want every pupil to develop a love of maths. We aim to develop a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject and provide a programme for progression where pupils are stimulated and challenged.
We place a considerable emphasis on teaching mental calculation methods and creating opportunities for children to actively engage with the concepts being taught. We aim that children will develop a strong sense of number and a secure understanding of place value using a range of resources to support learning. Formal written recording is practised regularly and is important part of learning and understanding. Holy Family Primary School has developed a consistent approach to the teaching of written calculations in order to establish continuity and progression throughout the school.
It is vital that pupils are able to apply their knowledge and skills to solve mathematical puzzles and problems, as well as explain their thinking and methods clearly.
From September 2015, all pupils will be taught mathematics based on the new National Curriculum for Mathematics. The programme of study aims to ensure that all pupils:
Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
(Taken from the new Maths National Curriculum).
Maths support for parents
The Oxford University Press have developed this site to support parents in helping their children with mathematics. You'll find lots of advice and support, games and activity ideas for how best to help your child develop as a mathematician. There's also information on what is taught in primary school maths lessons, and what some of the 'jargon' means!
Playing Maths Games
There are lots of ways in which you can bring maths to life for your child through simple games and activities. Whether out shopping, using the context of money to help develop your child's skills, or helping them to better understand measurement when baking or putting together the new rabbit's hutch, there's always an opportunity for a 'maths moment'!
Board games can be great for developing a child's maths skills too! Playing these can be a really powerful way for young children to become comfortable with our number system, spotting patterns and literally playing with numbers.
Some of our favourite board games (and others) are shown below...
Snakes and Ladders
Shut the Box
Brainbox Maths Education
Parent information booklets
To provide you with ideas for supporting your child at home we have uploaded a range of leaflets for your information. There are three per year group, covering all six terms and you can access these by clicking on the attachments below.
Online Maths Activities
We make a lot of use of online maths games and activities in school, some of the other links below are our most popular.
Why not try some of them out and let us know what you think…?
Why should I play maths games with my child?
Children make progress best as mathematicians when they regularly repeat skills and practise them until they become embedded. This can be quite a long process sometimes, and so the use of the context of an exciting game or interesting activity can be highly motivating. In our experience, our children learn best when they are having fun and that's what games are for!
Internet-based Activities relating to Number and Place Value
Internet-based Games relating to Times Tables Practice
Some of these websites will display a message indicating that they are for evaluation use. Whilst the watermark may be slightly inconvenient, we have deemed the content of the activity appropriate for use with your child.
We like to show the other children in the class how we have solved a problem.
To raise money for our school funds, we made calendars. We looked at the cost and profit of each of the products from the catalogues. We then decided we would make calendars.
Every week in assembly, we know the magic number for attendance is 96%. At the end of the month the class with the best attendance and punctuality wins the teddies and extra playtime is awarded.
We made a math's game for our home learning. We then tried our games out with friends and parents that came in. We had great fun.
We walked around the school grounds and looked for maths in our environment. We then worked in pairs and produced a poster for a big display.
Each term, every class cooks. This teaches a whole range of skills and there is a lot of maths involved.
In music we have been looking at how many beats there are per minute and keeping in time with each other.
In geography there are lots of opportunities for maths. In year 4 they can be seen using the atlases to find out where there food comes from. They then calculated the miles and looked at the directions the food may take to be imported to our country.
We looked at the distance that we travelled with our swimming in meters. We also took part in a charity event called Mason Mile. We ran twice around the big park opposite our school and we were timed.