Maths

At the Prep School our aim is to build on the basics learned in the Pre-Prep and give our pupils a secure grounding in numeracy and mathematics, delivered in a way that inspires a love of the subject.

Mathematics is a creative, highly interconnected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history's most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment.

A high-quality mathematical education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.

Our mathematics curriculum aims to ensure that all boys become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including, through varied and frequent practice, with increasingly complex problems over time, so that they develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.

Our approach

We work with the boys to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing mathematical relationships and generalisations and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language. The boys develop the skills to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing confidence, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

Mathematics is an interconnected subject in which boys need to be able to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas. Boys make rich connections across various concepts to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. They apply their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects.

Personal education plans

Boys who grasp concepts rapidly are challenged through being offered rich and difficult problems before any acceleration through new content. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material consolidate their understanding through additional practice before moving on.

Boys learn a mathematical vocabulary and how to present a mathematical justification, argument or proof. They are assisted in thinking clearly about maths and expressing those thoughts clearly to others. Teachers ensure that pupils build secure foundations by using discussion to probe and remedy their misconceptions.