At Holy Trinity, we believe that the study of mathematics should be rich and stimulating, engaging and fascinating learners of all ages, interests and abilities. Mathematics should be ‘real’ and meaningful; provoking questioning, reasoning and enabling children to develop their ability to solve real-life problems. It should be seen as an essential part of everyday life as well as key to accessing future academic success and employment.
We believe that that children’s mathematical skills and understanding are best developed when they engage in practical experiences involving the use of equipment and imagery to support their understanding. Children learn from interaction with their peers and adults. They are encouraged to work with each other to devise their own methods of solving problems and taught that ‘struggling’ is a positive state; it is when the deepest thinking and learning occur.
We believe that a good knowledge of addition and subtraction facts, times tables and the value of numbers is a vital foundation for their mathematical development and enables greater fluency as the complexity of concepts increases.
There is great emphasis placed on children understanding the mathematics they are working on; not simply trying to remember rules and formulas.