Mathematics is a key part of the curriculum at our Dragon Pre-Prep. Children are introduced to Numeracy through practical, mental and written mathematical activities differentiated according to their age and ability. We recognise that it is essential for children to develop both a deep understanding of the areas of maths being taught and have the skills to apply this knowledge appropriately.
Throughout Pre-Prep we use mastery approach to maths teaching following a published scheme which is then supplemented as appropriate. Within our teaching there are open-ended activities that focus upon mathematical processes providing the children with a stimulating diet of exploratory and practical activities. An emphasis is put on realistic and everyday situations when children, through role-play or investigations, can develop confidence and enjoyment while learning and reinforcing mathematical concepts.
We pay particular attention to the development of mental skills in mathematics. At all ages our pupils are taught mental strategies before moving on to written algorithms. Most of our lessons start with a session of mental maths as an introduction to the concept to be taught. We usually teach a topic to the whole class and children follow this up by working independently or in differentiated pairs or groups.
Parents are encouraged to practise, develop and extend their children's experience of number and mathematics at home through practical activities; such as cooking, board games and playing cards. Teachers may ask a parent to help a child at home with a specific activity.