Mathematics

Intent

Mathematics is important in everyday life and, with this is mind, the purpose of Mathematics at Holy Name is to develop an ability to solve problems, to reason, to think logically and to work systematically and accurately. Our aim is to provide children with an engaging and empowering curriculum which not only equips them with everyday life skills, but challenges them to excel. We believe that Maths is for everyone! At Holy Name we teach the skills to ensure our children are resilient learners who become life-long mathematicians and we firmly believe that children should be able to select which mathematical approach is most effective in different scenarios as their understanding of a mathematical topic becomes deeper.

Our children need to develop the necessary skills in order to apply them in different contexts. They need to have a deep understanding of the rich connections across the wider curriculum and be given the opportunity to find links within other subject areas. The intention of the Mathematics curriculum at Holy Name is for children to be excited about maths! Developing a positive attitude to this subject is essential. Teachers promote children’s enjoyment of maths and provide opportunities for children to build a conceptual understanding of maths before applying their knowledge to everyday problems and challenges. We ensure that challenge is provided for all children, whatever their understanding. Children are encouraged to be brave and push the boundaries, deepening their understanding further.

Mathematics is an interconnected subject in which pupils need to be able to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas. The programmes of study are, by necessity, organised into apparently distinct domains, but pupils should make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. They should also apply their mathematical knowledge to Computing, Science and other subjects. The expectation is that the majority of pupils will move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace. However, decisions about when to progress should always be based on the security of pupils’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly should be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material should consolidate their understanding, including through additional practice, before moving on.

Our curriculum is designed to be broad, balanced and rich to reflect the diversity and urban nature of the communities we serve, taking advantage of opportunities, responsibilities and experiences that our children may not otherwise experience, so that children are better prepared for their later lives. 

The National Curriculum for Mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • 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.
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
  • can 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.

Implementation

At Holy Name, we recognise that children need to be confident with each objective and we offer a high-quality, differentiated curriculum which is adapted for each year group. We also used high quality resources to allow for an enriched education which suits all styles of learners. Mathematics is non-negotiable is timetabled daily for an hour across the school. As well as this, we also provide children with a cross-curricular approach where we embody Mathematics into a variety of lessons, such as Science and Design and Technology. Children are shown that Mathematics is not a stand-alone subject but can be used across the board, whether it is through coding in Computing or weighing their ingredients in DT. We expect a high level of teaching and learning and always aim for the children to be pushed to reach their potential.

In order to improve our mastery approach and improve the quality of our teaching, we have recently implemented the White Rose Scheme in Key Stage One and Two. Mathematics is the foundation for understanding the world, so at Holy Name, we aim to embed this new approach into the school and provide children with the opportunity to look at how maths links to various job opportunities that our budding city provides, and to understand the purpose behind their learning and be able to apply their knowledge to their everyday lives. In Key Stage One and Two, we are also delivering Big Ideas and Breaking Barriers, which are intervention schemes to support children throughout the school. We are committed to developing children’s curiosity about the subject, as well as an appreciation of the beauty and power of Mathematics. 

In the EYFS the staff are following the Numicon Firm Foundations scheme with has been designed by Oxford University. The scheme provides a comprehensive and varied programme of mathematics activities for children aged 3-5 on the key mathematical ideas children will meet through using Numicon. It offers a wide range of practical ideas for helping children to develop deep understanding of numbers and number relationships, shape, space and measures through activities which are supported by creative suggestions for extending the learning across a variety of environments where children can explore the key concepts.

New mathematical concepts are introduced using a ‘Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract’ approach; enabling all children to experience hands-on learning when discovering new mathematical topics, and allows them to have clear models and images to aid their understanding. Arithmetic and basic math skills are practised daily to ensure key mathematical concepts are embedded and children can recall this information to see the links between topics in Mathematics. Objects and pictures are used to demonstrate and visualise abstract ideas, alongside numbers and symbols. Throughout Holy Name, you will see these three models being used:

Concrete- children have the opportunity to use concrete objects and manipulatives to help them understand and explain what they are doing.

Pictorial- children then build on this concrete approach by using these pictorial representations, which can then be used to reason and solve problems. 

Abstract- with the foundations firmly laid by using concrete and pictorial methods, the children can move onto an abstract approach using numbers and key concepts with confidence. 

Teaching throughout Key Stage One and Two builds on the on the solid foundations of the previous key stage.  Children are introduced to a formal calculation method in Year One and these are developed and built on each year in line with age related expectations and the schools Calculation Policy.  Mathematical concepts are taught on a weekly basis from the White Rose scheme.  In Key Stage One and Two initial problem-solving activity prompts discussion, reasoning and allows pupils to use mathematical vocabulary.  Independent work is demonstrated in children’s books. Mathematical topics are taught to enable the achievement of ‘mastery’ over time.  Each lesson phase provides the means to achieve greater depth, with more able children being offered rich and sophisticated problems, as well as exploratory, investigative tasks within lessons, as appropriate. 

Staff have been offered support and guidance, especially after the introduction of the new scheme, to ensure whole school consistency, progression and curriculum coverage. Teachers are able to use a wealth of resources such as: MyMaths, Numbots, Timestables Rockstars and one-to-one tuition from A-Level Maths students for Year 6 pupils. There will be more training during this academic year and follow-up sessions to ensure that all staff feel confident delivering high-quality Mathematics lessons. 

Contact Us

Holy Name RC Primary School

Denmark Road, Moss Side, Manchester, M15 6JS

T: 0161 226 6303

E: admin@holyname.manchester.sch.uk

Head of School: Damian Regan
Executive Headteacher: Catherine Gordon

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