The joy of Mathematics lies in the ability to appreciate pattern and order in Mathematics and hence the universe; to solve puzzles that give the brain something to think about. We encourage an enthusiasm for Mathematics as a lively and exciting subject.
We achieve this by encouragement, by stimulation and by a practical approach with as little rote learning as possible. We hope that the work will challenge the pupils to think and that this practice will equip them well in life.
We recognise that children learn in a variety of ways and we will differentiate by input as far as possible. We will reinforce what children have covered in their study skills course.
Whilst examinations are important (the pupils may be tested by Senior Schools at 10, 11, 12 and 13 for entry at 13+) we must not let this override our teaching of Mathematics to the extent that we merely cram for exams. The syllabus should be covered at a comfortable pace so that the pupils can be entered for pre-tests as a matter of course.
The topics are built on, layer by layer, allowing each pupil to progress comfortably. The exercises test basic understanding and competence, give useful practice, and stretch the most able in the group.