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Catholic Primary School

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At Holy Family, we intend to provide a curriculum which caters for the needs of all individuals and sets them up with the necessary skills and knowledge for them to become successful in their future adventures. We strive to incorporate sustained levels of challenge through varied and high-quality activities with a focus on fluency, reasoning and problem solving as we want children to make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. 


Pupils are required to explore maths in depth, using mathematical vocabulary to reason and explain their workings. A wide range of mathematical resources are used and pupils are taught to show their workings in a concrete, pictorial and abstract form wherever suitable. They are taught to explain their choice of methods and develop their mathematical reasoning skills. We encourage resilience and acceptance that struggle is often a necessary step in learning. As our pupil’s progress, we intend for our pupils to be able to understand the world, have the ability to reason mathematically, have an appreciation of the power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject. Through good mathematics, whole school values and a whole child approach, we aim to nurture confident, resilient children who will strive for their personal best.


Essential characteristics of a mathematician at Holy Family: 

  • An understanding of the important concepts and an ability to make connections within mathematics.
  • A broad range of skills in using and applying mathematics.
  • Fluent knowledge and recall of number facts and the number system.
  • The ability to show initiative in solving problems in a wide range of contexts, including the new or unusual.
  • The ability to think independently and to persevere when faced with challenges, showing a confidence of success.
  • The ability to embrace the value of learning from mistakes and false starts.
  • The ability to reason, generalise and make sense of solutions.
  • Fluency in performing written and mental calculations and mathematical techniques.
  • A wide range of mathematical vocabulary.
  • A commitment to and passion for the subject. 


How we will deliver our curriculum:

We follow the White Rose Maths and NCETM schemes of learning to ensure that the coverage for the year is completed. We use these plans to ensure that all objectives are covered for each year group and that we are planning to the five key principles to deepen children’s understanding. Within the White Rose Maths and NCETM schemes of learning, each National Curriculum objective is taught through fluency, reasoning and problem solving questions to develop mastery of each topic. To support this, we also follow the concrete-pictorial-abstract approach to ensure conceptual understanding and develop learning.


In Early Years, our Mathematical curriculum provides children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measure. Using a combination of White Rose Maths, NCETM and Mastering Number Schemes for Early Years, the children participate in short maths sessions daily. Maths will also be found in many areas of our provision and children experience it in a purposeful and meaningful context within their play. Our outside areas are just some of the areas in which children can explore number, shape, space and measures.



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