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Maths

 

‘’To teach and inspire the appreciation of Mathematics through passion and commitment.’’

The general aims of our Maths Department are:
 

  • To promote enjoyment and enthusiasm for learning through practical activity, exploration and discussion.

  • To promote confidence and competence with numbers and the number system.

  • To develop the ability to solve problems through decision-making and reasoning in a range of contexts.

  • To develop a practical understanding of the ways in which data is gathered and presented.

  • To explore features of shape and space, and develop measuring skills in a range of contexts.

  • To understand the importance of Mathematics in everyday life.

  • To develop examination technique and skills to enable pupils to successfully sit examinations.

  • To enable each child to reach as high a standard as possible.

Pre Prep:

Our aim is to promote enthusiasm for learning through practical activity, exploration, collaboration and individual challenge. We want pupils of all ages and abilities to enjoy the subject and approach Maths with confidence and a sense of achievement. Pupils all receive a curriculum that progressively extends their skills and the ability to apply them in a range of problem solving activities. We believe that children learn best initially through exploration and concrete operations. As they leave the Early Years Foundation Stage and move through Key Stage 1, more formal recording takes place.

Lower School:

Building on the foundations laid in previous years, Lower School Maths features three aspects of the subject. The first is topic based, covering number, measurement, shape and handling data. Secondly pupils focus on written operations, practising their number operations every week. Some work with calculators will be included. The third aspect is mental arithmetic skills with pupils encouraged to develop strategies and tested regularly.

Upper School:

Whether it may be the story of Archimedes running down the street shouting “Eureka, Eureka” or the excitement for every one of our students to be competing against fellow pupils around the school in the eagerly anticipated Mangahigh and MyMaths additions, we try to bring this fundamental subject alive for the boys and girls at Edge Grove.

Our pupils are prepared for either the Common Entrance course in Year 8 or follow a robust tailor-made Scholarship programme and it is our aim for each child to feel comfortable when dealing with numbers, no matter their ability.

Well trained staff members teach to challenge and enrich those who are more capable but also to grow and support those who may find the subject slightly more challenging. Boys and girls have the advantage of specialist Mathematics teachers throughout the Upper School, where their progression and enjoyment of the subject is monitored closely by a dedicated and experienced team. Mathematics is a fundamental part of our pupils’ lives, not only during lessons but also in ways that impact them that they can as yet, not see.

Primarily, we want to instil an enjoyment and a thirst for the subject so that pupils may feel confident in tackling everyday life in a logical and independent manner. A world of algebra, shape and space, Pythagoras and so much more awaits your son or daughter and as a Mathematics Department, we would be privileged to equip them with the tools to be as successful as possible.

To challenge and stretch our pupils further, particularly with regards to the analytical and problem solving aspect of Mathematics, from year 5, pupils are entered into a number of external Maths challenges. This allows our children the opportunity to be challenged and tested in a different way, along with being assessed in a countrywide pool of young mathematicians.

In the Autumn Term there is the Merchant Taylors’ Year 7 Maths Afternoon and all Year 5 and 6 pupils (with a handful from Year 4) take part in the Primary Maths Challenge, a nationally-run written paper of 25 problem solving questions. Year 6 pupils are entered into the Douglas Buchanan Maths Challenge.

In the Spring Term the top Year 8 pupils have a chance to be stretched by the Leeds University Intermediate Maths Challenge (for pupils up to Year 11).

Year 6 pupils are entered into the Douglas Buchanan Maths Challenge.

In the Summer Term, all pupils in Years 7 and 8 sit the Junior Maths Challenge. For the last six years a team of four from Year 8 have represented Edge Grove in the UK Maths Team Competition Regional Final.