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Holy Cross Girls’ School, Ardoyne Road, Belfast



"Most of the children, including those who require additional support, make very good progress in mathematics in line with their ability or above expectation." ETI 2015


Numeracy is taught with considerable emphasis on children talking and mathematical language is developed so that they can communicate freely and with understanding.

We aim to:

  • Develop each child's mathematical confidence
  • Use everyday experiences of the classroom, the home and the environment
  • Use a cross-curricular approach
  • Engage in a wide range of purposeful activities
  • Use the calculator and computer to support and enhance the mathematics programme
  • Ensure that mathematical relationships are learnt by heart (e.g. tables)

Through the early stages of working with practical apparatus in structured play, the introduction of numbers and the building up of mathematical principles we give the children a rich mathematical experience.  This is complemented by a supply of mathematical apparatus, games and ICT materials which develop children's thinking and understanding of Maths.

Children in Key Stage II are taught in levelled maths groups and a Maths Recovery Programme operates for children who need support with mathematics as well as challenge groups to ensure all children make the progress expected.


Maths in Action


University of Ulster "Yes I Can" Programme

Holy Cross Girls' is continually looking for opportunities to develop the children's self esteem and confidence in maths.  We work with the University of Ulster as part of the 'Yes I Can' programme which supports children's understanding in numeracy.  Through active learning workshops, the university practitioners make use of the Izak 9 cube to bring about a fuller understanding of fractions, percentages, decimals, equivalence and shape. 


Parent and Child Maths Puzzlers

Our half termly Maths Puzzlers give children and their parents an opportunity to work together to complete fun, maths based activities and allow parents to share in the learning.

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