In an ever increasing numerate world in which the ability to interpret and process numbers is paramount, developed numeracy and mathematical ability has become an expectation and necessity in all professions and walks of life. Against this backdrop, we aim to develop the potential of all boys, regardless of innate ability, so that each one may successfully engage with their future numerical environment to the best of their ability.
Enabling children to learn the life skills of numeracy, gain a proficiency in mental arithmetic, times tables and basic mathematics, that will prepare them for challenges ahead and the adult world, provides the target at one end of the scale; at the other, we aim to enable the achievement of increasingly high levels of formal ability in mathematics, that will allow the boys to go on and study the subject post-16. At this end especially, we want our children to be inspired by mathematics and to want to continue studying it to as high a level as possible.
Throughout, we aim to develop a thorough understanding of mathematics as well as fostering the children’s enthusiasm and confidence in the subject. The activities are organised so that the children may work as a class, in groups or as individuals.
In the Pre-Prep, the National Curriculum schemes of work form the basis on which mathematical activities and experience are developed.
In the Prep, the curriculum is delivered through the school's own junior, middle and senior school schemes of work linked with the leading edge of the National Curriculum guidelines.
In Years 3 and 4 the curriculum is taught by maths specialists and in Years 5 to 8, the pupils are put into sets reflecting their respective abilities. In these sets, the teacher-pupil ratio is extremely favourable with numbers ranging from between 7 and 12 children. This enables effective consolidation for the lower set and greater depth of learning and acceleration for the upper set resulting in rapid improvement and progress for all. Again, mathematics specialists deliver the teaching in these year groups too.
In the Prep school, besides developing sophisticated skills of numerical reasoning, problem-solving lies at the heart of the pupils’ studies. Here, the main maths book scheme is produced by Galore Park since it is the one which is targeted specifically towards Common Entrance and Scholarship exams.
In Years 7 and 8 the programme of study places an emphasis on the traditional core of sound mathematics teaching reflecting Independent School practice (with its Common Entrance and Scholarship examination targets) together with incorporating the best of the National Curriculum, the amalgam of which takes the pupils into the initial part of the GCSE syllabus before they leave.