Being numerate is essential for everyday life and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. As such, maths takes a high precedence on our timetable. But we also want all pupils at Holy Trinity to experience the beauty, power and enjoyment of mathematics, and to appreciate the creativity that maths can inspire. We want them to develop a sense of curiosity, as well feel the confidence that being able to manipulate numbers can bring.
Reaching Our Potential
At Holy Trinity we foster a positive ‘can do’ attitude and promote the fact that ‘We can all do maths!’ We have designed a curriculum which is accessible to all and will maximise the development of every child’s ability and academic achievement. Each year group studies maths for 1 hour and 15 minutes every day. This is split into an hour’s maths lesson and a fifteen minute mini-maths lesson; a time dedicated to practising fluency in a fun and engaging way, through the use of games and puzzles. This frees up the working memory to be able to tackle more sophisticated problems in the main maths lesson, so pupils can make rich connections across the subject.
Learning to Live Well Together
Maths is a crucial skill for all people, in their private and work lives. As such, it is imperative that pupils leave Holy Trinity with a good grounding in the subject. To prepare them for this, the maths they are exposed to becomes increasingly sophisticated as they move up the school. We believe that learning only happens when pupils are exposed to challenging maths tasks and activities, regardless of academic attainment. As such, we promote the power of recognising ‘good’ mistakes; mistakes which can be learned from and the correction built upon. We celebrate each other’s good mistakes and discuss what went wrong and how to get it right the next time. As such, our classrooms are supportive and constructive environments. We build a lot of trust in our peers to celebrate our achievements and help us persevere when the challenge is tough.