# Maths

Here at Holy Innocents' we aim to recognise each individual child's potential and develop their mathematical understanding. Consequently, there are times during the day when the children are working as a class, in small groups or as individuals. In KS2 we have extended Maths classes to ensure the children reach their maximum potential, as well as morning Booster Classes.

Children need to understand the principles of mathematics, but equally need to be able to compute accurately and efficiently.  The School places high emphasis on the basic skills of number.  However, it is no good having skills in isolation, for children must be able to apply these skills in the solving of mathematical problems.

All parents are interested in their child’s development and we encourage you to help your child to learn their tables and number bonds quick recall as this obviously improves the child’s skills.

The main aims for our pupils are as follows:

•   to have a sense of the size of a number and where it fits into the number system;
•   to know by heart number facts such as number bonds, multiplication tables, doubles and halves;
•   to use what they know by heart to figure out answers mentally;
•   to calculate accurately and efficiently, both mentally and with pencil and paper, drawing on a

range of calculation strategies;

•   to recognise when it is appropriate to use a calculator, and be able to do so effectively;
•   to make sense of number problems, including non-routine problems, and recognise the operations

needed to solve them;

•   to explain their methods and reasoning using correct mathematical terms;
•   to judge whether their answers are reasonable and have strategies for checking them where

necessary

•   to suggest suitable units for measuring, and make sensible estimates of measurements;
•   to explain and make predictions from the numbers in graphs, diagrams, charts and tables.

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