Mathematics is essential to everyday life. We believe a high quality mathematics education provides a foundation for understanding the world around us, allowing us to make links to other curriculum areas as much as possible. We encourage our pupils to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics; reasoning mathematically and solving problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of situations. Essentially, we want our pupils to develop a sense of enjoyment and curiosity for the subject.
The school follows the national framework for Mathematics with statutory assessments taking place at the end of Key Stage 1 and 2.
The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
Our intent is to provide a fun, high-quality and varied mathematical experience with a rich, balanced and progressive curriculum – embedding the skills outlined in the Mathematics National Curriculum (2014) and White Rose. The mapping of mathematics across the school shows clear progression in line with age related expectations. This enables us to deliver a foundation for understanding the world, to reason mathematically and develop a positive curiosity for the subject. We recognise that maths is essential to everyday life, as well as being a critical link to Science, technology and engineering, necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment.
At Holy Family we want to ensure that children see maths as a tool for everyday life by creating a range of practical tasks, real life problems and outdoor experiences. The children will enjoy mathematics and experience success in the subject, with the ability to reason mathematically, developing an appreciation for the beauty and power of mathematics.
To ensure whole school consistency and progression Mathematics is taught through the use of the National Curriculum for Mathematics from 2014 and the ‘White Rose Framework’. All children will be taught the breadth of the programmes of study, which will be adapted to meet the needs of each child, ensuring pupils make the connections across mathematical ideas and develop fluency. Teaching with high expectations and challenges, ensures all pupils become confident in their knowledge of the programmes of study and progress to the next stage securely.
Mathematical topics are taught in blocks, with ongoing plans produced and evaluated on a week by week basis, taking into consideration the needs of the children. Each class teacher is responsible for the mathematics in their class, in consultation with the other colleagues in the year group and the subject leader. Teaching is supported by carefully crafted lessons and resources to develop deep conceptual and procedural knowledge. Teachers use careful questioning to draw out children’s reasoning, with all children being offered rich and sophisticated problems and investigative tasks and given the chance to work on ‘greater depth’ questions and challenges. Manipulatives are used, where appropriate, in all classes for all abilities to strengthen the visual understanding and learning of all children.
Opportunities are given as often as possible to immerse the children in whole school activities and challenges, such as NSPCC Number days, Able Maths days, STEM challenges and workshops.
The impact of our mathematics curriculum is that the children understand the relevance of what they are learning in relation to real world concepts. We have fostered an environment where ‘maths is fun’ and it is OK to be ‘wrong’ because the journey to finding an answer is important! We have a supportive ethos where children develop their collaborative and independent skills, using this to support each other and recognise each other’s achievements. The regular and ongoing assessments informs teaching, as well as intervention, to support and enable the success of every child.
Our maths books, Showbie and Tapestry accounts are packed with a range of activities showing evidence of fluency, reasoning and problem solving. Throughout the year the Maths lead will carry out pupil interviews, a book scrutiny of pupils’ individual books and planning scrutiny to ensure the correct delivery of the curriculum and address any areas for improvement.
By the end of year 6 most children should be fluent in written methods for all four operations, including long multiplication and division, and in working with fractions, decimals and percentages. Their understanding of the number system will have been extended and connections made between multiplication and division with fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio. Pupils will also have developed their ability to solve a wider range of problems, including increasingly complex properties of numbers and arithmetic, geometry, measures and statistics. We hope to have built confidence, resilience and a passion for maths, showing that maths is an exciting adventure that everyone can enjoy!