Our aims in the maths department are to teach the children about the beauty and fun of maths as well as to give them the ability to see maths all around them and to use maths well in their daily lives. We are still driven by the necessity of external assessments and at St Hugh’s a combination of new and traditional mathematics is taught incorporating the National Curriculum Attainment Targets and gearing towards Common Entrance 13+ or possibly Scholarship Examinations.

Mathematics has moved on a great deal in recent years. However, there is no denying the importance of, for example, learning the times-tables by rote or being able to do long multiplication. The newer, more problem-solving approach to maths gives the pupils the benefit of seeing the patterns and tricks in the times-tables and it teaches them how and why their method for long multiplication works. The trick is finding the right balance!

Staff endeavour to make the teaching and learning of mathematics an enjoyable and purposeful experience for themselves and the pupils. They portray the subject as one of interest and importance with the relevant amount of humour in lessons to assist with pupils’ understanding of each topic.

Mental strategies play a vital role in the syllabus.

For example:
To find 10% you divide by 10; but why?
To times by 8, you can double it once, double again, and then again.
If 54 × 13 = 702, then how do you use that to work out 5.4 × 0.13, or 54 × 26.

Pupils are encouraged to take pride in their work by providing well-presented, methodical and systematic solutions. We also stress the necessity to understand the value of their solutions and to check if their answers make sense.

In Pre-Prep, children are taught core mathematical concepts: sessions contain practical activities, which encourage the children to become confident with number, shape, space and measure. Appropriate language is used so that children can build up mathematical vocabulary. Children learn to apply their knowledge in order to complete calculations and record their mathematical ideas.

As pupils move into Middle School, they are given tools to help them make the transition between the practical activities enjoyed in Pre-Prep and the more formal, abstract elements of maths that they are required to access in later years. Maintaining a sense of fun and enjoyment, maths in Middle School develops confident, independent mathematicians who are able to make links between their existing knowledge and skills enabling them to access new learning as well as use and apply in problem solving contexts. 

As pupils move through Middle and Upper School they are encouraged to take pride in their work by providing well-presented, methodical and systematic solutions. We also stress the necessity to understand the value of their solutions and to check if their answers make sense. Repetition is the key to success for many pupils and so as staff we try to provide consistency in our arithmetic teaching methods.

Making maths fun is crucial in making pupils confident with number and maintaining enthusiasm for the subject. We incorporate numerical games into our lessons whenever possible and hold enjoyable maths mornings, treasure hunts and also enter competitions against other schools.

Our aims in the maths department are to teach the children about the beauty and fun of maths as well as to give them the ability to see maths all around them and to use maths well in their daily lives. We are still driven by the necessity of external assessments and at St Hugh’s a combination of new and traditional mathematics is taught incorporating the National Curriculum Attainment Targets and gearing towards Common Entrance 13+ or possibly Scholarship Examinations.

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