At Holy Family School, we aim to foster an enthusiasm for mathematics in all our children and help them to develop their mathematical abilities to the full. We use a Mastery approach which means that everyone is expected to learn the same objective being taught in a way that suits them and allows them to succeed. Sometimes this will be adapted to support the learning taking place. We use a scheme called Power Maths which encompasses this mastery approach.
The overarching aims for Maths in the national curriculum is:
- to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics so that pupils gain the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately;
- to reason mathematically by following lines of enquiry and using mathematical language to explain results;
- to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems, including real life situations and in cross-curricular opportunities.
At Holy Family, this begins in Early Years Foundation Stage, with the development of a high quality programme planned within Mathematics.
At Holy Family School, the skills taught in the National Curriculum are embedded within Maths lessons and developed consistently over time. We are committed to ensuring that children are able to recognise the importance of Maths in the wider world and that they are also able to use their mathematical skills and knowledge confidently in their lives in a range of different contexts, such as making items to sell for profit during fairs, fundraising for charities, Holdfast savings accounts offered, etc. We want all children to enjoy Mathematics and to experience success in the subject, with the ability to reason mathematically. We are committed to developing children’s curiosity about the subject so that they can use it in other areas within school in other curriculum areas and to use it in their everyday life when they leave school. Through our English Curriculum, we strive to teach the children how important their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills will be in the real world. By giving this context to their learning, the children understand the value of Mathematics to them now, and in their futures.
Our curriculum closely follows the aims of the National Curriculum for Mathematics 2014. These aims are embedded across our Maths lessons and the wider curriculum. We have a rigorous and well organised Maths curriculum that provides many purposeful opportunities for using the skills learned within sessions. We also look for opportunities outside the curriculum to enhance these, for example a savings scheme called Holdfast, raising money through fund-raising organised via the School Council, making profit from selling products made by the children at school fairs. Teachers use a range of planning appropriate to their classes mainly following the Power Maths pedagogy, but also ensure that cross curricular links with current topics being studied are developed where appropriate. Staff are encouraged to use real-life and engaging purposeful opportunities to apply maths skills being learned to support retention of these.
As a result we have a community of enthusiastic mathematicians who enjoy using their developing mathematical knowledge and skills. They are confident to use the most efficient strategies to solve problems and love to discuss and share their ideas, which are encouraged during reasoning work. Our attainment in Maths at the end of KS2 is above the national average.