The Maths curriculum taught throughout the Girls' School aims to be interactive and inspiring. We support children in gaining the necessary problem solving skills to confidently tackle an unfamiliar situation, using their knowledge and understanding.
There is a huge amount of repetition as the girls progress up the school, in order to refresh their memory whilst also building on concepts in a more complex manner. Every lesson is differentiated and challenging, tailored to suit the needs of each individual learner. We use the most appropriate teaching style to best suit every child to ultimately bring out their full potential.
We encourage children to take risks and to not be afraid of making a mistake. It is important to recognise that mistakes further learning and develop maturity and understanding. We use a variety of textbooks, accompanied by worksheets made by our experienced teaching staff, to ensure we are using the most effective resources. Homework is set once, twice or three times a week, depending on the year group, from Year 1 upwards.
The fundamental point of maths is that children, and the adults they'll grow to be, can use it in their everyday life. Giving them real-life opportunities to practise their skills will benefit them immensely and it is important that this begins from an early age.
When the children begin in Kindergarten they are equipped with the basic foundations of maths. They focus on number formation, number recognition and understanding a range of terminology. They work using tangible objects to gain an appreciation of what the value of a number actually is. Lessons are generally practical with carousel-type activities taking place, and the majority of work is recorded using photographic evidence.
There is one-to-one support, as and when necessary, but the ability to work with independence is encouraged. As children progress through key stage 1, there is a move towards more book work and formal written methods. There is a huge emphasis on place value, which is incorporated in many areas of the maths curriculum. Although tangible objects are still available to children, we try to encourage mental strategies and the ability to identify different methods to help solve problems. Learning of the times tables is a huge focus for all children in the latter part of the Junior School.
In lower key stage 2 the girls are introduced to a large number of concepts where they put the fundamentals learned in key stage 1 into practice. Formal written methods are used throughout and girls are expected to work with independence, although any further support required is of course available to them. Word problems become more complex and are integrated into all the concepts we cover. The children begin taking responsibility for recognising links between concepts, and using their skills to solve problems.
When the girls move into upper key stage 2 they begin preparing for the 11+ examinations in the spring term of Year 6. They are introduced to exam style questions and the focus shifts from gaining knowledge to applying knowledge and learning exam technique. Most of the curriculum is finished in the summer term of Year 5, with final concepts taught in preparation for 11+ in the first term of Year 6.