Home Page


Read more

Calendar Dates

Read more


This Weeks Winners are...

  • Nursery
  • Reception
  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3
  • Year 4
  • Year 5
  • Year 6


Maths Leader


Chris Coleman

At Holden Clough, children are taught mathematics daily. Lessons have clear learning objectives so children understand what they are learning and can assess how well they have done in the same way their teachers do. Children develop their knowledge of number, calculations, fractions, measure, statistics and shape. Problem solving and reasoning are an integral part of our mathematics curriculum. Practice of number facts and calculation strategies are essential alongside the teaching and practice of mental calculation strategies to enable our children to become confident mathematicians.


Teachers plan lessons following a mastery approach to learning – the aim is for all children to be able to achieve the outcomes for their year group. Teachers are skilled at providing the appropriate scaffolding to support children’s learning and support the development of conceptual understanding alongside mathematical procedures. Additional adult support is also used within lessons and before the next lesson ( the same afternoon or the next morning) to ensure that all children in the class are ready to access the next part of their learning.


Children have access to a wide range of mathematical resources including numicon, Cuisenaire rods, number lines and place value counters to support their learning whilst working cooperatively or independently. When children have achieved the objectives for their year group, teachers provide learning that encourages children to deepen their understanding rather than moving onto the next year group’s learning content. This ensures that children have an excellent understanding of mathematical concepts whilst encouraging curiosity and resilience.


The national curriculum for mathematics 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 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.


Mastery of the curriculum requires that all pupils:

use mathematical concepts, facts and procedures appropriately, flexibly and fluently;

recall key number facts with speed and accuracy and use them to calculate and work out unknown facts;

have sufficient depth of knowledge and understanding to reason and explain mathematical concepts and procedures and use them to solve a variety of problems.


At Holden Clough we believe that our children really understand a mathematical concept, idea or technique if they can:

describe it in their own words;

represent it in a variety of ways (e.g. using concrete materials, pictures and symbols – the CPA (Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract approach) – see Progression in Calculation below

explain it to someone else;

make up his or her own examples (and nonexamples) of it;

see connections between it and other facts or ideas;

recognise it in new situations and contexts;

make use of it in various ways, including in new situations.


Developing mastery with greater depth is characterised by pupils’ ability to:

solve problems of greater complexity (i.e. where the approach is not immediately        obvious), demonstrating creativity and imagination;

independently explore and investigate mathematical contexts and structures,          communicate results clearly and systematically explain and generalise the  mathematics.



This week, we combined the mathematical talents of Years 5 & 6 in our Maths Challenge Day. The children worked in teams to take part in a range of challenges and games aimed at improving their number knowledge. We battled it out during several rounds of our famous 'Times Table Challenge' game, carried out mathematical investigations where we looked for patterns and explanations to solve some tricky problems and went on a Prime Number Hunt around Holden Clough! 

Maths Workshops by Explore Learning

This half term all the children in years one to six have worked collaboratively to solve challenging maths activities.


Year 1 - Become Zoo Keepers for the day, focusing on comparing units of measurement, ‘greater than’ and ‘less than’.

Year 2 - Use navigation and directional skills to record journeys to help a crew across the Atlantic in the pursuit of treasure.

Year 3 - Set out on a mission to save the Polar icecaps by comparing a range of units of measure to evaluate the impact of global warming.

Year 4 - Become cooks challenged to make a last minute banquet for the Emperor which tests knowledge of Roman numerals.

Year 5 - Start a restaurant business and learn how to convert units of measurement, focusing on fractions, decimals and percentages.

Year 6 - Become packing designers for the latest Xbox and tackle a mathematical challenge focusing on 3D shapes and their nets.

NSPCC Number Day - Friday 5th December


Everyone was involved in fun maths challenges throughout the day!

Children and teachers dressed as digits!

Counting, calculating and estimating numbers was happening all around school!

Year 5 and 6 worked collaboratively to solve a maths challenge. They chose their own resources and problem solving methods to explore different solutions. The final task was to present their findings back to the class. 
Picture 1
Picture 2
Picture 3
Picture 4
Picture 5
Picture 6
Picture 7
Picture 8
Picture 9

Year 3 and 4 used their calculation skills to play "Countdown".

They also had fun using the "digits they were dressed as" to calculate large numbers!!

Picture 1
Picture 2
Picture 3
Picture 4
Year 1 and 2 were finding totals and giving change to solve money problems in their shop. They were also developing their place value and calculating skills while solving lots of number problems.
Picture 1
Picture 2
Picture 3
Picture 4
The children in the reception classes were learning about shapes and using triangles to make Christmas trees. They were also playing a game to develop their visual imagery using numicon shapes and to develop their counting skills. The outcome of this fun activity was a delicious, decorated biscuit to eat!! 
Picture 1
Picture 2
Our Nursery children were involved in lots of counting and numicon activities. Making numicon shapes in playdough, drawing around shapes, finding numicon in the water and lots more ..........
Picture 1
Picture 2
Picture 3
Picture 4
Picture 5
Picture 6
Thank you for all your donations to the NSPCC. We have collected over £150.

Young Mathematicians Award

Young Mathematicians Award 1
Two teams of budding mathematicians competed in a national competition and reach round two. They were awarded with certificates and medals for their outstanding team work and maths skills by a representative from Explore Learning. Congratulations to everyone involved!
Welcome to Holden Clough Community Primary School