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At Holy Family, we believe that maths is a vital skill for life. Being numerate is a necessity for life so we aim for all of our children to be fluent, able to reason and problem solve with confidence.

Please follow our dedicated Maths Twitter account in order to see what maths looks like at Holy Family.

We follow a CPA (Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract) approach to to teaching that develops a deep and sustainable understanding of maths in our pupils. Please see our Calculation Policy at the bottom of this page for further details.

At Holy Family, we have adopted the School Improvement Liverpool Plans – the structure of which we have adapted to meet the needs of our children. We have a yearly overview which sets out what we teach when. If you would like to see what your child’s Maths learning journey has been or will be this year, please take a look at our overviews at the bottom of this page.

We ensure progression across our school by using the Progression maps from NCETM which are aligned with our School in Liverpool Maths Plans. Our Early Years Progression map also outlines thr progression children make from the very early development stages in maths.





The Main Areas of Early Years Maths

There are six main areas that collectively underpin children’s early mathematical learning, and which provide the firm foundations for the maths that children will encounter as they go up the years in primary school.

They are:

  • Cardinality and Counting: understanding that the cardinal value of a number refers to the quantity, or ‘howmanyness’ of things it represents
  • Comparison: understanding that comparing numbers involves knowing which numbers are worth more or less than each other
  • Composition: understanding that one number can be made up from (composed from) two or more smaller numbers
  • Pattern: looking for and finding patterns helps children notice and understand mathematical relationships
  • Shape and Space: understanding what happens when shapes move, or combine with other shapes, helps develop wider mathematical thinking
  • Measures: comparing different aspects such as length, weight and volume, as a preliminary to using units to compare later.



Maths Workshops for Parents/ Carers

Each term, we hold workshops for parents/ carers so that we can share the strategies your child is being taught at Holy Family. These workshops are slpit into three age groups – Key Stage 1 (Year1 and Year 2), Lower Key Stage 2 (Year 3 and Year 4) and Upper Key Stage 2 (Year 5 and Year 6).

Please see the bottom of the page for the slides used in Autumn’s workshops which are based around the Four Operations of Number.

Here are a list of useful websites for your child to explore at home:

Topmarks for 3 – 5 year olds, 5 – 7 year olds and 7 – 11 year olds.

Corbett Maths – Videos of different methods and example questions.

Maths TV – Math TV features a wide range of Maths videos for different topics.

Aplus Maths – Aplus Math provides Interactive math resources for teachers, parents, and students featuring free Maths worksheets, Maths games, Maths flashcards, and more.

Mathsframe – Mathsframe has more than 170 free interactive maths games.

Maths words – This is an interactive Math dictionary with the defintions of plenty of Maths words.


Here are some great apps that your children can play at home to improve their Maths skills:

Times Tables Rockstars – your child has a login for this. (Please ask your child’s teacher about this is you lose your login details.)

Maths Shed – your child has a login for this. (Please ask your child’s teacher about this is you lose your login details.)


Maths Wiz

King of Maths


If you would like to ‘Brush Up’ on your own maths knowledge, why not take the National Numeracy Challenge? This will take you through a series of questions and signpost you to various different places based on the results. It really is worth having a try!  As a school, all of our staff have had a go!


Meet Our Math Ambassadors!

Our free communication app allows us to provide parents with instant access to our important messages and up to date school information.

Please contact the school office if you have not received your personal invite.