Mathematics lessons throughout the Prep School teach the boys how to reason, question, identify problems, hypothesise, estimate and extend.
The boys learn how to use a wide range of mathematics to discuss mathematical ideas and then to undertake investigations. They discover how to communicate information, discuss difficulties and ask appropriate questions.
Classes are taught with a variety of styles, according to the topic, the teacher’s preference and the needs of the children. Whole class teaching is commonly used, though pupils are placed in pairs or lager groups for practical work. Ideas and methods are discussed within these groups or with the whole class in order to focus upon the mathematics covered in the task. Whenever possible, the mathematics is placed in the context of the real world with links to topics taught in Science, Geography and History.
The Prep mathematics curriculum is delivered by class teachers from Years 1 to 4 but in Years 5 and 6 pupils are taught in smaller groups by specialist teachers.
All the boys in Years 5 and 6 sit the Primary Maths Challenge and the boys in Year 6 go on to participate in the Junior Maths Challenge, intended for Years 7 and 8.
The Mathematics Department prepare and deliver engaging lessons and are committed to making lessons exciting, believing the boys learn through enjoyment and stimulation.