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.
Since December 2017, across years 1-6, we have been using the Maths-No Problem!
It is a highly structured approach to teaching Maths and deepens the understanding of all children. Each lesson is based around an 'anchor task' which the children explore their ideas fully. This may be very different to the way in which you were taught yourself. To help you support your child at home please see the link below to the 'Maths No-Problem' website and Parent Videos.
Ultimately, we want to guide our pupils to become independent and confident mathematicians, with the skills to achieve and continue their success in education and beyond.
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).
A Mastery approach to Maths
At Holy Family Primary School we have high expectations for every child. Teaching for mastery in Maths is essentially the expectation that all pupils will gain a deep understanding of the maths they are learning. For understanding in Maths to be secure, learning needs to be built on solid foundations.
A mastery approach to the curriculum means pupils spend far longer on fewer key mathematical concepts whilst working at greater depth. Long term gaps in learning are prevented through speedy teacher intervention and those children who grasp the concepts more quickly are given opportunities to deepen their knowledge and improve their reasoning skills rather than accelerating on to new curriculum content.
Problem solving is central and opportunities are given for pupils to calculate with confidence, ensuring an understanding of why it works so that pupils understand what they are doing rather than just learning to repeat routines without grasping what is happening.
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. As well as the Purplemash website, for which your child's teacher should have assigned him/her unique log in details, 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.