Aims and Ethos
Considerable importance is attached to our pupils achieving and understanding mathematical processes, concepts and skills. A positive attitude is encouraged by presenting the subject in an interesting and enjoyable way, allowing pupils to actively participate in the learning process, thus creating a sense of achievement and confidence. There is a strong emphasis on the four rules of number together with developing mental arithmetic skills and giving opportunities for pupils to use and apply mathematics in real life situations.
In Reception, daily lessons follow the Foundation Stage objectives in problem solving, numeracy and reasoning. From Year 1 onwards, children continue their daily lessons, following the principles of the Primary Numeracy Framework, and from Year 3 also incorporate the Independent Schools’ Syllabus. Practical skills, together with informal and formal written methods, are taught and encouraged. From Year 3 children are grouped according to ability to give them the full range of support and opportunities to access the curriculum.
The main scheme we follow is the Abacus Maths Scheme which provides many opportunities for work using the interactive whiteboard, text books, practical activities and resources. This is enriched by a wealth of additional textbooks and practical resources. Pupils also use a wide variety of ICT resources.
Beyond the Classroom
The girls’ mathematical skills are enhanced where possible through cross curricular links. In the Prep Department pupils have the opportunity to extend their skills in an annual workshop focusing on problem solving. Girls in Years 5 and 6 are encouraged to test their capability to apply all their skills by taking part in the annual national Primary Maths Challenge. In addition, clubs such as Board Games and a Year 6 Revision Workshop are offered in order to extend and support the fun and enjoyment of mathematics at Spencer House.