Mathematics at Holy Family Catholic Primary School
Our 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).
At Holy Family, we believe the purpose of mathematics is not solely to gain classroom based skills, but to develop enquiry and reasoning skills and inquisitive minds that will develop through life. We want our children to understand, as they progress through the school, that maths is not only essential to everyday life, necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment but is also a fun and engaging experience. Our aim is to ensure that all children not only become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics but also are able to solve problems by the application of their understanding across all areas of the curriculum and beyond.
To ensure whole consistency and progression, the school uses the DfE approved ‘Power Maths scheme. This is fully aligned with the White Rose Maths scheme and the school’s ongoing engagement with the DFE funded Maths Hubs programme continues to ensure that staff at all levels understand the pedagogy of the approach. We offer the children the opportunity to have varied and frequent practice of their maths skills with the focus on their ability to recall and apply their knowledge rapidly and accurately. Reasoning is a key area in all our lessons as our children need to be able to describe, explain, convince, justify and prove to be successful in this subject. Mathematical vocabulary is an essential part of each lesson and the children need to understand this within the area they are studying and be able to make rich connections across other areas within this subject. Each lesson provides children with the opportunity to reason through their ideas, use their mathematical language to explore a line of enquiry to solve routine and non-routine problems.
Structure of a Maths Lesson
All maths lessons must have the following key elements:
Teaching will cater for the individual needs of the children and include some element of reasoning and problem solving. Challenging questioning is a key part of the maths lesson – allowing the children to demonstrate what they know and to extend their understanding.
The school has a supportive ethos and our approaches support the children in developing their collaborative and independent skills, as well as empathy and the need to recognise the achievement of others. Children can under-perform in Mathematics because they think they can’t do it or are not naturally good at it. The Power Maths programme addresses these preconceptions by ensuring that all children experience challenge and success in Mathematics by developing a growth mindset. Regular and ongoing assessment informs teaching, as well as intervention, to support and enable the success of each child.
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 96.1%. 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 Maths games for our home learning. We then tried our games out with friends and parents - 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 metres. 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.