Maths

Maths is the only universal language, making it an exciting and vital part of any curriculum. Our rigorous approach is inspirational, engaging and challenging: balancing practical tasks, outdoor lessons, paired and group working, investigations, technology, puzzles and games alongside the need to work individually.

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We help children to understand why techniques work so they can apply their skills and understanding in many different contexts and without any fear of trying something new or difficult. We want our pupils enthused, intrigued and inspired so they can develop an enjoyment or even a passion for this brilliant subject. Maths is taught to every child every day in the morning to reflect its importance as a core subject.

Our pupils compete in National Maths challenges at Primary, Junior and Intermediate level. Several pupils have qualified for the National Maths Olympiad, which is a huge achievement. Pupils are fully prepared for Common Entrance and Scholarship examinations, and many have been awarded prizes at the higher level of National competitions.

Maths Assessment

This is both formative and summative. Books are marked regularly and appropriate targets set. Peer assessment and pupil feedback is encouraged. Internally written tests are administered regularly, which together with annual externally written papers, enable us to track pupil progress.

Maths Curriculum and Teaching

In the pre-prep, carefully planned and structured lessons are taught each day using the Renewed Framework for the National Numeracy Strategy.

From Year 3 these skills are developed as pupils approach Common Entrance and any other school-specific entrance tests and scholarships. Prep school pupils are placed into sets by ability from Year 3; younger children are taught by their form teachers, all of whom have trained in Mathematics.

The curriculum is structured so topics are revisited and developed each year. Algebra is introduced early and pupils are encouraged to learn to generalise and develop abstract skills. In lessons, children are prompted to discuss their findings and understand the processes involved. They are expected to think critically about what they do and say or, what helped them overcome a difficulty and to understand how they learn most effectively.

Where required, the department works closely with the school’s Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator and Learning Support Unit to boost confidence and ability for pupils who find this subject more challenging.

Year 5 Maths

Primes Factors and multiples, Working with decimals, Rounding and Estimating, Multiplying and Dividing by Powers of ten, Long multiplication, Division (including by Factors), Working with Fractions, Percentages, Ratio, Proportion, Speed, Directed Numbers, Probability, Use of Brackets, Angle Chasing, Coordinates, Symmetry.

Year 6 Maths

More work with Integers, Decimals and fractions, Units of Measure, Division by a decimal and long division, Fractional and Ratio quantities, Pie Charts, Area of Rectangles and triangles, Volume and Capacity, More Percentage work, Parallel Line Geometry, More Probability, Enlargements, Sequences, Substitution, Simple equations, Graph work, Scales, Constructions, Use of Pi. Uses of Prime factorising.

Year 7 Maths

Harder work with Integers, Decimals and Fractions, More Percentage work, More Ratio and Proportion, Transformation Geometry, Conversion Graphs, Scatter Plots, Areas of Polygons, Constructions, More Graph work, Angle chasing in Polygons, Trial and Improvement, Simultaneous Equations, More work with circles, Pythagoras’ Theorem, Similarity, Factorising, Formulae, Averages.

Year 8 Maths

Combined Probabilities, Quadratics Graphs, Harder Sequences and the Nth term, More advanced Circle work including Volume of Cones and Cylinders, Harder Simultaneous Equations, Index Laws, Probability Tree diagrams, 3D Pythagoras, Circle theorems, More complex algebra, Proof, Speed including two or more part journeys, Quadratic and other expansions.

Maths Department Staff

Russ Lloyd Head of Department
Richard Cullum  
Jamie Nish