Maths at The Holy Family Catholic Primary School


At The Holy Family School, we believe mathematics is an important part of children’s development throughout school, right from an early age. The children learn basic mathematics skills that they consolidate over time through understanding and reasoning. We intend on delivering a curriculum which is line with the expectations of the National Curriculum.

Our vision is for the children to make links between their mathematical skills and real life situations and use this in the future. We aim for our mathematics lessons to be well paced as well as exciting and interesting to all. No one is limited in mathematics. We like to ask the ‘why?’ and 'how?' as this deepens the children’s understanding and explanation skills. We aim for the children to make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems.

At The Holy Family School the children learn that mistakes in mathematics are expected, respected, inspected and corrected so that they have a greater understanding. The mapping of mathematics across our school shows clear progression in line with age related expectations. Teachers use their professional judgement when deciding if and when certain areas of mathematics need to have more or less time spent on them, rather than simply following what the scheme of work suggests. We give each pupil a chance to believe in themselves as mathematicians and develop the power of resilience and perseverance when faced with mathematical challenges. The curriculum is delivered through the 'Herts Essential Maths' scheme of work.

Early Years Foundation Stage

In Early Years, Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measure.

Pupils are taught to:


  • count reliably with numbers from 1 to 20
  • place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number
  • add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer using quantities and objects
  • solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing

Shape, space and measure

  • use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems
  • recognise, create and describe patterns
  • explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes
  • use mathematical language to describe them

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Resources and websites to support Maths Learning at home


Problem solving

Top Marks maths games

ICT games for maths

Hit the Button

Timetables generator

Times Tables Rock Stars

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Times Table Rockstars