Subject Leader: Mr G Jones

Vision / Intent:

The Mathematics department strives to give students the confidence to acquire and use mathematical skills that will stand them in good stead throughout their lifetime. The department seeks to achieve excellence in the teaching and learning of Mathematics, in order for the students to make significant progress, irrespective of their prior attachment in this interesting and varied subject.

As a core subject studied by all students throughout their time at school, we believe Maths is one of the most important and interesting in the curriculum. Wherever you look in the world there is Maths and we aim to equip students with the knowledge, and more importantly, the skills to fully participate in our information driven society.

Approach / Philosophy / Implementation:

The curriculum in Maths aims to ensure that students:

  • Develop a culture of deep understanding, confidence and competence in Maths producing strong, secure learning and progress.
  • Develop fluency in the fundamental skills of Maths through practice in different contexts and in problem solving.
  • Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
  • Solve problems by applying 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.

Department Members

Mr G Jones Maths Subject Leader
Mr D Armitage Maths Teacher
Mrs M Bassett Maths Teacher (and Head of Year 6)
Mrs H McCann Maths Teacher (and Head of Year 5)
Ms T Mollis Maths Teacher
Miss D Saunders Maths Teacher
Miss A Stewart Maths Teacher (and Deputy Headteacher)
Miss K Potter Maths Teacher
Mr J Ulph Maths Teacher (and Head of Year 7)
Mr S Van Der Merwe Maths Teacher (and Deputy Headteacher)

Topic Overview 2023-24:

Year 5

  • Autumn term
    • Number: Place Value
    • Number: Addition and Subtraction
    • Number: Multiplication and Division
    • Statistics
  • Spring term
    • Measurement: Perimeter and Area
    • Number: Fractions
    • Number: Decimals and Percentages (Place value and equivalence)
  • Summer term
    • Number: Decimals (Four operations)
    • Geometry: Properties of Shape
    • Geometry: Position and Direction
    • Measurement: Converting Units
    • Measurement: Volume

Year 6

  • Autumn term
    • Number: Place Value
    • Number: Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division
    • Number: Fractions
    • Geometry: Position and Direction
  • Spring term
    • Number: Decimals and Percentages
    • Number: Algebra
    • Measurement: Converting Units
    • Measurement: Perimeter, Area and Volume
    • Geometry: Properties of Shape
  • Summer term
    • Number: Ratio
    • Statistics
    • Problem Solving and applying Maths in context

Year 7

  • Autumn term
    • Sequences
    • Understanding and using algebraic notation
    • Equality and Equivalence
    • Place Value and ordering integers and decimals
    • Fraction, decimal and percentage equivalence
  • Spring term
    • Solving problems with addition and subtraction
    • Solving problems with multiplication and division
    • Fractions and percentages (equivalence)
    • Four operations with directed numbers
    • Addition and subtraction of fractions
  • Summer term
    • Constructing, measuring and using geometric notation
    • Developing geometric reasoning
    • Developing number sense (application of number skills to problems)
    • Sets and probability
    • Prime numbers and proof

Year 8

  • Autumn term
    • Ratio and Scale
    • Multiplicative Change
    • Multiplying and dividing fractions
    • Working in the Cartesian plane
    • Collecting and representing data
    • Tables and probability
  • Spring term
    • Brackets, equations and inequalities
    • Sequences
    • Indices
    • Fractions and Percentages
    • Standard index form
    • Number Sense (application of number skills to problems)
  • Summer term
    • Angles in parallel lines and polygons
    • Area of trapezia and circles
    • Line symmetry and reflection
    • The data handling cycle
    • Measures of location


To learn more about HOW we teach Maths at Holywell please click on the following link:

Holywell Calculation and Numeracy Strategy

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