At Holy Family we aim to produce numerate children who can confidently negotiate maths and problem-solving in the real world.
In Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, our emphasis is initially on the learning of numbers as labels for counting; then moving on to a solid understanding of what that label means, e.g. the ‘threeness’ of 3. We do this by using real objects in practical situations. We use the Numicon resource to support Holy Family children’s concept of number, before moving onto place value. Once the children can confidently count in groups of 2, 5, and 10 they are introduced to times tables as repeated addition. A solid understanding of key number facts makes a great foundation for worded problems in Key Stage 2. Problem solving in Early Years and Key Stage 1 is based on creative open-ended practical activities both inside and outdoors to promote mathematical thinking. Games and activities using space, shape and measure and fractions give the children many opportunities to use their mathematical knowledge laterally.
In Key Stage 2, the knowledge acquired in the lower school is consolidated and expanded. Holy Family children are given the chance to develop their understanding of place value to ever increasing numbers, to recognise, write and order fractions of numbers and objects, to use those number facts of multiplication and addition to help solve problems quickly and to present data using a variety of bar charts, pictograms and tables.