The joy of Mathematics lies in the ability to appreciate pattern and order in the subject and hence the universe; to solve puzzles that stimulate the brain and make us aware of the evolving nature of Mathematics and its applications.
Here at Maidwell Hall we encourage an enthusiasm for Mathematics as a lively and exciting subject. We achieve this by encouragement, by stimulation and by a practical approach. We endeavour to present tasks that will challenge the pupils to think and that this practice will then equip them well in life.
The basis for the programme of study is the Common Entrance syllabus. In the lower years, up to year six (11+) emphasis is placed on a thorough grounding of basic concepts, whilst developing investigative minds capable of problem solving. Given that there are three different levels tested in the final year, this subject is setted from Form 4 and differentiation is applied within each year group. Scholarship preparation is approached on an individual basis, which frequently benefits other pupils as well.
Although it is necessary to learn and repeatedly apply basic procedures, the importance of understanding along the way is considered vital for the progression and development of mathematical knowledge. We build on each topic, layer by layer, allowing each pupil to progress comfortably.
The Mathematics Department expects high standards on a daily basis, which creates a platform for consistently good Common Entrance results. Success is also achieved in the annual national Junior Mathematical Challenge and the Primary Maths Challenge in which many of our pupils participate.
These objectives are put into practice by well-qualified team of five, who regularly meet to monitor pupils’ progress. Effective resources include Interactive Whiteboards and iPads providing exciting and stimulating alternatives to the teaching programme. There is a very strong Learning Support Department dedicated to improving the understanding and achievement of the weaker pupils. In addition, maths teachers make themselves available during break-times for any extra help needed (at any level) on an individual basis.