The Mathematics curriculum focuses on the strands of:
Mathematics is taught explicitly, with a variety of strategies introduced to solve problems mentally. These skills are practised daily with increasing number values as children progress through the stages. Problem solving is key to students learning to embrace challenge and persist with probem solving. Mistakes are celebrated as essential to the journey of learning.
Each student’s learning is tracked on Mathematics progressions, ensuring skills are developed sequentially and paced according to individual need and stage of development. In becoming proficient users of mathematics, students need to be able to make connections between mathematical ideas. Problem solving is an essential skill to enabling this connection making. At Holy Family we firmly believe that conceptual understanding is necessary to mathematical fluency. Memorisation or rote learning has been shown in every country to produce the lowest achieving students. Mathematics is a conceptual subject and we believe it is important for students to think slowly, deeply and conceptually about mathematical ideas rather than race through a series of mathematical 'facts'. Children are encouraged to reason and explain their thinking, to visualise, play and investigate.