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Wednesday 8th April 2020 - An Easter Message from the staff at Holy Family and 'Keeping in Touch' letter from Mr Doherty (Newsletter section of website) / Video message from Mr Doherty - Palm Sunday (Children - Video Resource Centre)
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Holy Family Catholic Primary School
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Maths at Holy Family

Mathematics at Holy Family

At Holy Family we aim to provide a high-quality mathematics education that will enable the children to make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. We endeavour to develop children’s love for learning, love for investigating and love for problem solving, so that each pupil leaves our school equipped and ready for the future.

Our curriculum is designed to ensure that the children receive an abundance of rich opportunities to achieve personal excellence.  Children gain a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject and are provided with opportunities to apply their mathematical knowledge in science and across their creative curriculum topics.


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.


The mastery approach to teaching mathematics, focuses on developing deep conceptual learning to ensure secure foundations that pupils can build on throughout their education. Pupils are taught through whole-class interactive teaching, where the focus is on all pupils working together on the same lesson content at the same time. This ensures that all children master concepts before moving to the next part of the curriculum sequence, allowing no pupil to be left behind. If a pupil fails to grasp a concept or procedure, this is identified quickly and teachers work to ensure that pupils are ready to move forward with the next step in their carefully sequenced learning journey.

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