Holy Trinity CofE Primary School

Holy Trinity C of E Primary School



At Holy Trinity we fully embrace the concept of 'maths mastery' and teach a rich, balanced and progressive maths curriculum allowing all children to have opportunities to reason, problem solve and develop fluent conceptual understanding in each area.

In line with the national curriculum 2014, the curriculum at Holy Trinity aims to ensure that all pupils: 

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
  • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

Holy Trinity Pupils will leave Year 6 prepared for the next stage in their lives with:


  • The ability to demonstrate a quick recall of facts and procedures
  • The flexibility and fluidity to move between different contexts and representations of mathematics
  • The ability to recognise relationships and make connections in mathematics
  • The ability to use mathematical language to explain their thinking and to problem solve.
  • Mastered maths skills and concepts embedded in their long-term memory
  • A growth mindset that promotes confidence and belief that achievement is possible
  • The knowledge that maths underpins most of our daily lives.
Maths Curriculum Overview 
The document below details the White Rose Maths small steps along with the termly Mastering Number objectives.
Each teacher assesses against these small steps throughout the term.  Formative assessments take place at the end of each term.
Maths whole school progression map
Learning Journeys
Every child will have a learning journey at the front of their Maths books to see the NC objectives that they will be covering throughout the year.


The maths curriculum at Holy Trinity follows the White Rose Hub Scheme that is in line with the latest National Curriculum objectives, Using our school’s progression of knowledge and skills document, the teaching of mathematics year to year builds progressively on the knowledge and skills taught in previous year groups.

At Holy Trinity we encourage and promote the use of representations to expose underlying structures, and to challenge through depth of reasoning rather than content coverage.  We encourage our children to develop and embed reasoning habits by exposing them to opportunities that help them make logical leaps, understand concepts, become flexible, order their thinking, show their understanding in different ways, see relationships and patterns, make generalisations and become reflective and creative.  Our curriculum allows the children to work towards deepening their understanding of maths mastery through securing their understanding of the foundations and structures. 

At the start of every lesson our children work on their Fluent in Five task to build their number fluency and confidence.  This supports our approach of ‘Interrupting the forgetting’ which allows the children to continuously retrieve prior learning embedded in their long-term memory.  Our aim at Holy Trinity is to ensure that mathematical knowledge and skills taught each year are successfully embedded in our children’s long-term memory to lessen the cognitive overload and allow to children to use their working memory to deepen their understanding further.  During every maths lesson children are exposed to key mathematical vocabulary including stem sentences to develop and equip them for reasoning and problem solving.  Our teachers work towards providing children with live feedback during their maths lessons to ensure that any misconceptions or gaps that have been identified are addressed.

We offer a range of bespoke interventions to support children whom we have identified having gaps in their learning.

  • Operation boost
  • Teacher-led after school tuition
  • Same-day or Next-day interventions delivered by teacher or teaching assistant

Our children, regardless of their ability, in KS1 and KS2 are provided with opportunities to become more fluent in their learning, to reason mathematically and to solve a range of problems. This is done using a range of supplementary sources such as White Rose Maths, Third Space Learning, Deepening Understanding, Transum, Testbase and I SEE Maths.  The children also have access to Sumdog and MyMaths (online maths programmes) at school and at home to support and consolidate learning.

To prepare and support our children for the statutory Multiplication Times Table Check, we use the Times Table Rock Stars Programme in Year 4 to enthuse the children in learning their times tables promoting quicker answer recall.  All children from Year 2 to Year 6 now have access to TTRS to support their times table recall.

Our EYFS and Key Stage 1 classes take part in the Mastering Number programme and it is currently our second year using the high-quality materials provided by the Math Hubs.  The programme supports our children in securing their foundations in the development of good number sense.  We want our children at Holy Trinity to leave KS1 with fluency in calculation and confidence and flexibility with number.

At Holy Trinity we promote various maths competitions to challenge our children and to develop a love of mathematics.

  • Various Sumdog competitions
  • Times Table Rock Stars – NSPCC Rock day, England Rocks day
  • UKMT – Junior Maths Challenges, 25th Anniversary Challenge
  • Primary Mathematical Challenges
  • International Day of Mathematics competitions
  • World Maths Day competitions

We ensure that our teachers are supported and aided in their teaching of mathematics by providing them with frequent Professional Development opportunities allowing them to gain confidence in the skills and knowledge that are required to teach effectively.  We are also part of the DfE funded Maths Hubs programme and this is our fourth year taking part.   Our Maths Lead takes part in many TRG’s and the learning taken from these groups is shared with staff in the form of Professional Development meetings. 

Our EYFS staff follow the White Rose Hub small steps and work towards the Early Learning Goals.  We follow the Maths Mastery approach with an emphasis on studying key skills of number, calculation, and shape so that pupils develop deep understanding and the acquisition of mathematical language.  The Maths curriculum is taught through daily dedicated sessions. These sessions are carefully planned using concrete resources and build on prior learning and real-life experiences across the theme and year. This starts with mastering numbers 0-5 and then progresses through to 0-10 and 0-20. These sessions are followed by small, focused group work. This means that our EYFS teachers can systematically check for understanding, identify, and respond to misconceptions quickly and provide real-time verbal feedback which results in a strong impact on the acquisition of new learning. Our inclusive approach means that all children learn together but we have a range of additional intervention and support to enhance and scaffold for children who may not be reaching their potential or moving on children who are doing very well.

 Children in EYFS are taught the following key skills;

· Fluency- children learn and remember basic number facts such as 3 and 2 make 5.  Practice counting up and down to 20 & they also do number bonds to 10

· Representing numbers and recognising amounts – children use different objects and pictures to represent a number in many different ways.

· Counting - saying one number for each object, knowing the final number is how many altogether and counting objects in any order.​​​​​​

· Subitising- being able to look at a group of objects and realise how many there are without counting. 

· Reasoning – opportunities to explain what has happened and why, true or false activities.

· Problem Solving – allowing children to seek solutions, considering the best approach to use. This might involve; spotting patterns, estimating, predicting and finding many different ways to do thing.

Calculation Policy
Core Year Group Knowledge and Understanding:
The series of videos below accompanies the Department of Educations's (DfE) Key Stage 1 and 2 maths guidance. The videos focus on each year and summarises the core knowledge and understanding that pupils require by the end of the year in order that they are ready to progress to the next year.
A really useful tool for parents and teachers.
Supportive material

Games and Resources

The games and resources below help children to develop a strong 'number feel' and develop efficient calculation strategies. A range of visual representations are used. The games are simple and enjoyable to play!

Barvember challenges
Why not have a go at one of these Barvember challenges!
Maths support for Parent and Carers
Head over to www.famlearn.co.uk to access a wide range of resources to support you when supporting your child's learning at home.
Summer holiday maths activities