A good understanding of basic mathematics is essential and at Holbeach time is devoted to acquiring a strong foundation in Maths.
Mathematics is all around our children and underpins many aspects of their everyday activities, from making sense of a recipe while cooking to reading the numbers on a passing bus.
At Holbeach we follow the Primary Advantage Maths Programme, which aims to empower young people to achieve their potential, to use mathematical language to talk about their work and explain their findings. Problem solving, reasoning and fluency underpin our curriculum by threading through all of the teaching and learning.
Problem solving can be summarised as the ability to apply mathematics to a variety of situations. They aim to deepen subject knowledge rather than accelerate it.
A focus on mathematical process and a commitment to children’s understanding enables the development of reasoning skills. Developing children’s mathematical fluency demands a focus on their efficiency, accuracy and flexibility. It requires them to know why they are doing what they are doing and to make appropriate choices (from a range of mental calculation strategies, for example).
We aim for children to become mathematically observant and intend to develop children’s conceptual understanding; their ability to use Maths in meaningful ways; and develop positive attitudes to Maths.
In our ‘Guide To Primary Advantage’ booklet (which can be viewed and downloaded here) we will explain how the programme focuses on moving children’s learning from the Concrete, to the Pictorial and then into the Abstract and how mathematical vocabulary is at the heart of your child’s learning. The children’s conceptual understanding develops from being actively engaged in their learning and making sequential process through three stages of representation: Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract (CPA) and each stage builds upon the last. We will also give some ideas for activities that you and your child can use together.
Fractions, Decimals & Percentages
Ratio & Proportion
Properties of Shape
Position & Shape
The teaching of Maths has changed a lot over the years and we are aware that your child will be learning in very different ways to how you were taught at school!
We have produced a ‘Parents Guide to Maths’ for each year group, outlining the expectations for the year, what they will be taught and how you can support their understanding at home.
The leaflet covers all the areas of Maths, with examples and diagrams to help you. You can download the leaflets for all the year groups below.
Parent Guide to Early Years Maths
Parent Guide to Year 1 Maths
Parent Guide to Year 2 Maths
Parent Guide to Year 3 Maths
Parent Guide to Year 4 Maths
Parent Guide to Year 5 Maths
Parent Guide to Year 6 Maths