Mathematics is in the world around us, used every day from the smallest calculations to large mathematical equations. At Peponi House our goal is to help children learn how to use the subject in real life contexts, whether this involves baking a cake, balancing a cheque book or planning a trip to a foreign country. Through a range of varied, ‘hands-on’ activities and investigations, pupils develop this understanding, as well as the core, basic skills that enable them to go on and become successful and proficient mathematicians.
In the Junior Department, pupils follow a scheme of work closely tied to the New National Curriculum (UK). This is achieved through the use of the Collins Busy Ant program of study which blends interactive materials online with colourful and interesting textbooks and activities. The scheme is designed to support children of all ability levels, including supporting those who struggle and pushing those who excel. Teachers use a range of interactive materials to make mathematics stimulating for the children. The department is well stocked with resources to teach measurement, time, shape and space and much more.
Ability setting takes place from Year 5. This system ensures that each child is challenged and supported as they develop a deeper understanding of the subject. This is an important bridging point as pupils move into the Senior Department and begin work on the ISEB syllabus which culminates in Year 8 with the Common Entrance exams. Working in ability groups enables teachers to provide additional guidance and support which, in turn, means that individuals achieve success at the rate best suited to their comprehension of the material.
In the Senior Department, pupils are exposed to various resources and tools to make mathematics more enjoyable. These range from discussions on how percentages can be used to predict the value of an interest earning investment to investigations on how bearings can be used to fly an aircraft. The pupils’ lesson are supported through ‘Maths Days’ which provide opportunities for pupils to work together in mixed groupings and explore some interesting problems to do with the subject.
The mathematics department strives to provide a child-centred approach to learning where pupils are actively involved in the learning process.