At Holy Family Catholic Primary School, we believe Mathematics is an important part of children’s development throughout school, right from an early age. Mathematics is a creative and inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject. We at Holy Family believe that enabling the children to gain a true grasp of Maths allows them to be integral citizens in the outside world. Mathematics is a universal language, and ensuring children comprehend this will allow them endless possibilities to integrate with any culture or society. We are developing our children through our Maths learning for the future, to be successful citizens.
We celebrate Maths, we show our children Maths isn’t just a lesson, it is in the everyday moments such as playing games, cooking or even walking. We do this by; participating in the NSPCC Number Day; giving children an insight into how their learning in Maths is used in the world and discussing key mathematicians throughout history. At Holy Family we celebrate Mathematicians from all backgrounds and cultures, demonstrating to our pupils that Maths is for everyone.
In school, we follow the National Curriculum and use White Rose Schemes of Work as a guide to support teachers with their planning and assessment. The calculation policy is used within school to ensure a consistent approach to teaching the four operations over time.
Our mastery approach to the curriculum is designed to develop children's knowledge and understanding of mathematical concepts from the Early Years through to the end of Year 6. Objects, pictures, words, numbers and symbols are everywhere. The mastery approach incorporates all of these to help children explore and demonstrate mathematical ideas, enrich their learning experience and deepen understanding. Children move through the different stages of learning at their own pace, with 4 differentiated levels of challenge provided through the use of ‘Chilli Challenges’ in many lessons. Children are actively encouraged, through our School Values and Language of Learning, to risk take in order to progress