British Education: Mathematics

From counting to calculus

We believe that anyone can learn even the most complex mathematical concepts when they are taught in an exciting and engaging way. We know that parents want their children to be numerate and we take our role in this very seriously, to give children the tools to approach Maths in ways that inspire and encourage them.

For the young children in Infant school, we design lessons that introduce mathematical concepts and number relationships that encourage pupils to use numbers with confidence. This is combined with a diligent approach to learning the basics, for example, the times tables.

In Junior school, the children begin to use geometry and algebra to solve everyday problems. By using Maths in the context of an overall story, for example, historic changes in population or the geometry of a bridge, we inspire children to be involved with the world around them through Maths.

Children continue with Mathematics as part of the curriculum through to age 16 when every pupil takes at least one IGCSE in Maths; uni require Maths at this level as a basic entry requirement. Children who want to study subjects such as Engineering, Medicine, Economics and Physics usually take A Level Maths; children with a particular passion for Mathematics can also take Further Maths at A Level.

Problem solving is an important aspect of our Mathematics programme. It helps children to apply their knowledge to a number of everyday situations. Enabling children to flourish in Maths and show real enjoyment in their learning.

— Emma Lambert, Numeracy Leader, King’s Infant School