Mathematics

At St Joseph’s Preparatory School our aim is to teach our children to make sense of mathematics so they can use and apply it confidently in their everyday lives.

Lessons are taught through a carefully structured programme starting in the Foundation Stage that follows the guidelines laid down by the National Curriculum while enabling the children to achieve their full potential.

From the Foundation stage right through to the Year 6 every effort is made to help the children realize that mathematics can be a lot of fun. A young mathematician who has enjoyed and been inspired by a particular lesson is far more likely to remember what they have been taught.

The emphasis in the classroom is on variety and stimulating learning through practical activities, problem solving, mathematical investigations, mathematical games and the development of mental skills and strategies.

Each class teacher strives to challenge and inspire every pupil through whole class teaching, groups and individual work. Regular homework is designed to reinforce class work.

All the children are assessed at regular intervals to identify gaps in their understanding and then teachers are able to meet individual needs, with the support of a teaching assistant.

“Do not be troubled by your difficulties with Mathematics, I can assure you mine are much greater.” – Albert Einstein –