The intent for Mathematics at Holy Family Catholic Primary School is to provide pupils with the mathematical understanding, skills and knowledge to prepare them for the wide variety of problem-solving opportunities that they will encounter throughout their lives.
We aim to develop our children as confident, skilled and resilient mathematicians, who understand that mathematics is a fundamental part of everyday life and the world we live in.
We provide our children with real-life learning experiences and opportunities to ensure that they are money-smart and confident to deal with the challenges the world presents. Mathematics is integral to all aspects of life and with this in mind, we endeavour to ensure that children develop a healthy and enthusiastic attitude, and a deep understanding, that will stay with them for life.
Our children will enjoy conquering the Mathematical challenges and puzzles and not be afraid to make mistakes along the way.
“…a master has failed more times than a beginner has ever tried!” (Yoda)
We follow the National Curriculum for Maths using the Maths Mastery approach to teaching. Mastery of Mathematics is something that we want all pupils to acquire throughout their school lives, and beyond.
Mastering Mathematics means acquiring a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject.
At mastery level a pupil really understands a mathematical concept, idea or technique if he or she
- describe it in his or her own words
- explain it to someone else
- represent it in a variety of ways (e.g. using concrete materials, pictures and symbols – the
- Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract approach)
- make up his or her own examples of it
- see connections between it and other facts or ideas
- recognise it in new situations and contexts
make use of it in various ways, including in new situations.
Please have a look at the White Rose Maths website from 1st November. Throughout the month of November, White Rose have a special focus on problem solving activities using visual representations called 'bar models'. They have renamed this month 'Barvember' and they will be providing fun problems to solve for children from both key stages. Children will also be having a focus on solving problems using bar models in class after half term.