Our Approach to Maths

We provide pupils with the mathematical fluency and confidence to carry out a range of mathematical problems and solve them by utilising reasoning and problem-solving skills in each and every lesson. We aim for pupils in Holsworthy CE Primary School to display positive approaches to maths and develop attitudes that embrace challenge. 

We are constantly striving to improve outcomes for all our pupils and achieve the aims of the National Curriculum: Fluency – Reasoning – Problem Solving.

As a school we are committed to ensuring that children are able to recognise the importance of Maths in the wider world and that they are also able to use their mathematical skills and knowledge confidently in their lives in a range of different contexts. 

We intend to build knowledge, skills and understanding by revisiting at regular intervals and providing pupils with the opportunity to refresh and rehearse them through practice, consolidating and deepening at every age and stage.

Problem solving

Mathematical problem solving is integral to learning at Holsworthy. Pupils are encouraged to identify, understand and apply relevant mathematical principles and make connections between different ideas. We ensure that problem solving takes place in every lesson in some form. Anchor tasks are used so that mathematical concepts are explored in a variety of representations and problem-solving contexts to give pupils a richer and deeper learning experience. Pupils combine different concepts to solve complex problems, and apply knowledge to real-life situations.


We believe the way pupils speak and write about mathematics transforms their learning. Our Mastery approaches use a carefully sequenced, structured approach to introduce and reinforce mathematical vocabulary. Pupils explain the mathematics in full sentences. We have an expectation that pupils are able to say not just what the answer is, but how they know it’s right. We use daily reflections and sharing of these to enhance and embed this in every lesson.


We intend for pupils to recall and apply mathematical knowledge both rapidly and accurately. We explicitly teach children to be fluent in facts and procedures as well as enable them to move confidently between contexts and representations, recognise relationships and make connections in mathematics. We want pupils to develop a deep conceptual understanding of the subject. We use frequent, carefully designed, intelligent practice to help them to achieve a high level of fluency and daily practice to reinforce this.