Mathematics is more than just a subject – it is a way of thinking. The process of Maths is what is important, not the answers we reach. We teach children that there are many different ways of arriving at a solution and encourage them to explain their thinking in words, diagrams and, from Year 6, algebra. The Dragon helps young mathematicians become critical thinkers – to examine their work and assess whether what they have done is sensible.

Children are given an experience of Maths based on three core principles: understanding, enjoyment and challenge. Key ideas are revisited and built on, year on year, giving children the opportunity to refresh their understanding and draw connections between different areas of Maths. Real-world applications are key, as are the transferrable skills learnt through doing Maths, for example logical reasoning and the ability to question the truth of a statement. The aim is that Maths intrigues, inspires and makes real sense.

Class sizes range from 7 to 20. Children are encouraged to work individually, in small groups, or as a whole class, and teachers use a range of interactive and hands-on resources. In Upper School (Year 7 & 8) we staff nine individual Maths classes to maximise individual attention and focus support where necessary. Additionally, support and extension groups run throughout the school to enable all children to reach their potential. We follow our own curriculum which covers the National Curriculum, Common Entrance and Common Pre-test requirements and beyond. Our strongest mathematicians go up to and beyond GCSE level Maths.

At every level, the most important question for a child to ask is, quite simply, “Why?”; if a child understands why a technique works, they have a much better chance of being able to apply that method to solve a problem.
Dr Emily Macmillan, Head of Maths