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Holm Cultram Abbey
C of E Primary School


“Without mathematics, there’s nothing you can do.

Everything around you is mathematics.

Everything around you is numbers.”

Shakuntala Devi.

Maths Vision

The language of mathematics is international. The basic skills of mathematics are vital for the life opportunities of our children.

Our aim is for all children to think mathematically, enabling them to reason, solve problems and assess risk in a range of contexts.


We believe that mathematics:

  • is for all
  • is creative and enjoyable
  • is a means of communicating information and ideas
  • involves generalising about patterns and relationships
  • should involve fluency to enable children to access concepts, make links, deepen understanding and achieve success
  • develops the skills of problem solving
  • enables decision making, logical thinking and reasoning


At Holm Cultram Abbey CE Primary School, our mathematics curriculum has been developed to ensure every child can achieve excellence in mathematics. It embeds a deeper understanding of maths by utilising a concrete, pictorial, abstract approach so that pupils understand what they are doing rather than just learning to repeat routines without grasping what is happening. Children can experience a sense of awe and wonder as they solve a problem for the first time, discover different solutions and make links between different areas of mathematics.



    • To implement the current legal requirements of the Foundation Stage (FS) and the National Curriculum (NC).

    • To foster positive attitudes, fascination and excitement of discovery through the teaching and learning of mathematical concepts.

    • To ensure pupils become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, developing conceptual knowledge and an ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately

    • To ensure that pupils can reason mathematically and solve problems

    • For our children to develop a ‘can do’ attitude and perceive themselves as mathematicians.

    • To broaden children’s knowledge and understanding of how mathematics is used in the wider world.

    • For our children to use and understand mathematical language and recognise its importance as a language for communication and thinking.