Maths at Holmbush

Maths Leaders: Sue Smith Jess Randall

Welcome to the maths page! This is the place to find out:

  • What your children are learning
  • What you can do to help
  • Links to other websites

If there is anything you would like to see added, do get in touch and let us know.

What your children are learning (Curriculum)

The mathematics curriculum changed for all primary schools in 2013. This new curriculum was designed to improve mathematical understanding for all children and was based on some of the fundamental ideas used in the highest performing jurisdictions in the world.

At the heart of the new curriculum, is the belief that we can ALL learn mathematicsif we have good teaching, appropriate resources, we put in the effort and have a 'can do' attitude. (See our page on growth mindset).

In line with higher performing jurisdictions, the new curriculum encourages the class to all work on the same content. However, some children may need additional support to understand the learning and some others, who understand quickly, should be challenged to reach a deeper level of understanding, rather than move into the next year's content. For example, if a Year 2 child is grasping the Year 2 content quickly, they should be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems, before considering any Year 3 content.

It should be noted that the new content is far more challenging than the previous curriculum.

How you can help

The best way you can help your child is to be positive about maths! Reasoning and problem solving are at the heart of mathematics ; try and talk through your own reasoning when you are solving day to day problems e.g. working out quantities of food needed for dinner / a tea party, what time to leave home to get to a appointment, what is the new price after the 20% sale?

Try to encourage your children to become fluent with basic number facts as this will really help their mathematics learning. Our new fluency cards give lots of specific ideas for you to try with your child.

The links below give more detailed information about ways in which you can help your children, including links to websites. Oxford Owl website gives lots of support specifically for parents. The Sumdog website provides a really fun way for children to practise skills. Times tables rock stars helps children to learn their times tables facts in a very motivating way. If your child has lost their login(s), please contact Sue Smith.

Maths With Parents

We are very excited to be trialling Maths with Parents in years 3 and 4. Videos will be released every two weeks to show the maths topics that we are working on in school and short easy activities are given to try at home. We would love to hear your feedback. ☺

Maths Games Library

Where: in the school library

Each child is entitled to borrow one game at a time, in the same way that they borrow books from the school library.

Parent workshops

See news section and school diary for details of upcoming parent workshops.

Each year group has a Learning Together session timetabled during the year. These sessions are designed to help you find out about your child’s learning, and how you can help them, in a fun and informative way. You will be working/ playing with your child for most of the session.