At Holy Cross School we understand that mathematics is a tool that all people need in their day-to-day lives; without a sound understanding of numbers and their many and varied applications, large areas of adult life will be closed or incomprehensible. As well as a life skill, mathematics is also a useful language, a worldwide system of communication. It has its special signs, symbols and patterns. Mathematics builds logical thinking and trains children to solve problems that they come across. It can give enjoyment to many people as they handle numbers and concepts easily, or see patterns. The children learn that mathematics is a unique way of viewing and making sense of our world.
We place an emphasis on mental mathematics and encourage children to work out problems in their head before using pencil and paper methods. The children regularly engage in practical activities to develop their understanding during daily Maths lessons as well as through other areas of the curriculum. The teachers use the Abacus scheme of work as well as a wider range of resources to support the progress of children of all abilities.
At Holy Cross School we regard it as essential that our children enjoy their mathematics work and gain a sense of achievement at all levels. We aim to give our children opportunities to develop a sound understanding of basic mathematical concepts through interactive whole class teaching and suitably differentiated activities. We ensure that all pupils follow a broad and balanced mathematics programme based on the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum for Nursery and Reception and children in Year 1-6 follow Primary Mathematics Curriculum.
Through the curriculum we aim for the children to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately. They are taught to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language. Our aim is for the children to be able to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions. Mathematical links to other areas of the curriculum are sought to enable the children to apply these skills in a variety of ways. Children need to understand all areas of mathematics, both concrete and abstract to achieve this.
Pupils are provided with interesting and challenging tasks that enable them to achieve standards commensurate with their abilities and potential. We ensure that pupils can work individually, collaboratively in groups and within the whole class, to allow pupils to develop as independent learners, able to make decisions about their own work.
Parents are invited to participate in ‘Family Problem Solving Events’ during the school year to encourage interaction and the sharing of skills in a relaxed environment.
Children participate in class; phase and whole school maths competitions each term, gifted and talented children in Key Stage 2 have the opportunity to take part in external competitions during the school year.