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We also realise that pupils’ mathematical abilities develop at different speeds, and therefore we start setting at the beginning of Year 4. Sets are reviewed regularly so that pupils who are struggling to cope with a fast pace or are finding the work too easy will be moved into a more appropriate set. The basic curriculum uses the new Primary National Curriculum as its guide up until midway through Year 6, however due to not being constrained by it, we have the flexibility to extend well beyond its limits.

From Year 4 onwards, Mathematics is taught by specialist teachers who have themselves developed a passion for the subject, and it is the aim of the Department to pass on this passion to its pupils.

Up to the end of Year 5 every child has approximately five hours timetabled every week. In Years 6 and 7 they have four hours and 10 minutes, and in the Top Form (Year 8), children have 4 hours. Whilst there is an emphasis on the formal classroom teaching style, a variety of other methods are incorporated into the lessons such as ICT, DVDs, Maths sites on the Internet as well as the more practical aspects of the subject. We also enter many other mathematical challenges, including the UKMT Junior and Intermediate Challenge and we tend to rank well above national average, sometimes even when competing against senior schools. As well as external and national competitions, we are proud of the many internal maths competition we do internally. These include the Maths Puzzle of the Fortnight and the Times table challenge.

As well as this, we aim to fully prepare children for many external exams. Up until part the end of Year 5, we create internal tests that are National Curriculum based to assess progress. At the end of Year 5, children become more aware of 11+ style questions and other entrance exams, and these may be used in class, for revision, or homework. However, it is the many school entrance and Scholarship exams in the senior school that produce the biggest challenge. Our success record is excellent. Scholarship level maths pushes the good mathematicians to a level beyond GCSE.

Children also have access to a network for support and exam preparation including Maths drop-in sessions throughout the week and Maths exam preparation clubs.

We strive to develop a love of numbers. We believe that all children need to use Mathematics as a tool to develop their abilities and areas of knowledge. Pupils have different ways of thinking and learning, so provision is made for each individual and a variety of teaching strategies are used. We feel that pupils should feel confident enough to put forward their ideas, explain their thinking and the methods that they have used.