“My child can’t do maths but that’s OK because I couldn’t do maths either!” Has it really become socially acceptable for children and parents to admit that they can’t do maths? At Barrow Hills this is definitely not the case as we perceive the understanding and application of mathematics as one of the most important life skills.
I studied mathematics because I have always seen it as beautiful; it develops the mind and underpins the study of almost all other subjects. It is a necessary component of many jobs, helping us to become successful citizens. I was fortunate to grow up in a family of mathematicians and we would regularly discuss mathematics and its great impact on our society around the dinner table.
Small minds discuss persons. Average minds discuss events. Great minds discuss ideas. Really great minds discuss mathematics.
At Barrow Hills, all the maths teachers work hard to help children regard maths as fun, exciting and beautiful.
Our maths teaching is based on a learning system that recognises there are three main learning routes - the visual, the auditory and the kinaesthetic (learning by doing). The youngest children are frequently greatly assisted by being allowed to use the kinaesthetic mode and our teaching makes effective use of simple props, the chief of which is the paper cup. We provide a mastery approach to achieving a solid mathematical foundation. This increases confidence, engagement, ability to look for patterns, understanding and enjoyment for all children.
Once they realise that they are "good at maths", the confidence that they gain is extended to becoming "good at everything".
In their final years at Barrow Hills children start to continue to make connections between different aspects of maths whilst increasing their confidence and flexibility in order to solve unfamiliar problems including investigations, rich tasks, mathematical challenges and cross curricular projects whilst sustaining their positive attitude towards the subject. Children work towards the 13+ Common Entrance syllabus including many that work towards scholarships with the introduction of more examination techniques and the regular completion of practice examination papers.
Head of Mathematics