“THE ESSENCE OF MATHEMATICS IS NOT TO MAKE SIMPLE THINGS COMPLICATED, BUT TO MAKE COMPLICATED THINGS SIMPLE”S. GUDDE
At QCPS we aim to develop a sense of enjoyment, confidence and competence with numbers and measures through varied teaching and learning styles. Mathematics is a tool for everyday life. It is a whole network of concepts and relationships which provide a way of viewing and making sense of the world. It is used to analyse and communicate information and ideas and to tackle a range of practical tasks and real life problems. It also provides the materials and means for creating new imaginative worlds to explore.
Teachers support children in developing their understanding of problem solving, reasoning and numeracy in a broad range of contexts in which they can explore, enjoy, learn, practise and talk about their developing understanding. Teachers offer opportunities for these skills to be practised, in order to give children confidence and competence in their use. They learn to seek patterns, make connections, recognise relationships, work with numbers, shapes, space and measures, as well as to count, sort and match. Children use their knowledge and skills in these areas to solve problems, generate new questions and make connections across other areas of Learning and Development. Mathematical understanding will be developed through stories, songs, games and imaginative play.
Form I and Upwards
Lessons are planned by teachers in order to involve pupils interactively through questioning and discussion and also to give opportunity to correct misconceptions and explain different methods of arriving at the same answer. Following the whole class introduction children are then given opportunity to use and apply those concepts and skills which have been covered by completing a given task.
Throughout the school, activities vary in format and organisation and aim not only to keep children motivated, interested and on task but also to provide an appropriate challenge for children of all abilities. In order to ensure that the needs of all children are met therefore, from Form III onwards children are taught in sets according to their ability. It is expected that there will be a range of ability within sets and some overlap between them; our aim is to address the individuals’ needs within the sets through differentiation.
“it's not that i am so smart, it's just that i stay with problems longer.”ALBERT EINSTEIN
Teaching and Learning
The key skill of numerical reasoning involves pupils developing the skills and strategies that will help them to solve the problems they face in learning and in life. Problem solving includes the skills of identifying and understanding a problem, planning ways to solve a problem, monitoring progress in tackling a problem and reviewing solutions to problems. Once a week girls across the school will enjoy and engage in some form of mathematical investigation or challenge that will equip them with these necessary skills. All subjects provide pupils with opportunities to respond to the challenge of problems and to plan, test, modify and review the progress needed to achieve particular outcomes.
At QCPS our maths mantra is that – Maths is fun! We are proud of our excellent attainment, but high achievement in Maths is about more than completing assessments and results. We are determined to foster and nurture a love of numbers, a high level of confidence in, and enjoyment of Maths in all aspects of everyday life. It is our duty to empower our girls with an endless level of enthusiasm for this fascinating subject so that they will continue to explore and discover the far-reaching effects that Maths has on all of us.
Mr M. Barnard and Mrs L. McCabe-Arnold
Head of Prep and Head of Pre-Prep Mathematics