Why do we teach this? Why do we teach it in the way we do?


Mathematics is important in everyday life. It is a discipline which helps us to understand and change the world. With this is mind, the intent of Mathematics at Holymead is to teach the National Curriculum in a way which is accessible to all and will help every child maximise their achievement using their individual talents and abilities.


At Holymead Primary School we teach Mathematics using the NCETM’s 5 Big Ideas for “Teaching for Mastery” in Mathematics. This is done through representation and structure, mathematical thinking, fluency and variation which is taught in small, coherent steps. As a result of this, children will learn to recall number facts, solve problems, think and reason logically, make connections, recognise patterns and work systematically and accurately. We believe all children can achieve in mathematics and we teach for a secure and deep understanding.


New mathematical concepts are introduced using a ‘Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract’ approach; enabling all children to experience hands-on learning when discovering new topics which allows them to have clear models and images to aid their understanding. We recognise the importance of arithmetic and basic math skills so these are practised daily to ensure key mathematical concepts are embedded and children can recall this information to see the links between topics in Maths.

These documents map the curriculum statements across each topic from Reception to Year 6.
In our school, we think carefully about how we teach calculation. These documents show the progression of apparatus (concrete), representations (pictorial) and methods (abstract) that are used and taught in each year group from Reception up to Year 6.
Maths Meetings
We hold regular Maths meetings for parents. Please check the newsletters for dates. If you are unable to attend these meetings, copies of the presentations can be found below.
Please note Times Table Rockstars & Numbots login details are kept in the front of children's reading records. If you are unable to find these details, please speak to your child's class teacher.
Maths Documents
Below are a number of websites that you may find useful to support your child at home. 
Recently we have updated our Key Skills Sheets. Each year group has identified the key information that children in each year groups should know and be able to apply in different scenarios. Please take a look at the relevant Skills Sheet below.

Infant Site: 0117 3772381Junior Site: 0117 9030377 E: