In the Mathematics Department at Godstowe we believe that whatever your child's ability it is important that they develop a level of confidence in Maths which allows them to reach their full potential.
Our teaching philosophy is to provide a stimulating environment for children so that they can appreciate and enjoy the challenge of Mathematics.
Our priorities in the early years are to instil a sense of number, foster mental agility and encourage an approach of 'using and applying' in mathematics. As children develop confidence and enjoyment for the subject we encourage them to investigate and explore the nuances of algebra, shape and space, number and data handling. Open-ended problems, puzzles and investigations, where children decide for themselves appropriate strategies and solutions, support the development of problem solving skills.
The Mathematics Department uses interactive white boards, computers and calculators to enhance the learning of the girls throughout the Prep School.
Senior girls enter the World Class Tests in Mathematics, and girls from Year 5 upwards are entered for the Primary, Junior and Team Mathematics Challenges. A puzzle competition is regularly posted around the School and all girls are encouraged to enter.
Mathematics is an essential part of any curriculum, we learn how to work with numbers, develop spatial awareness and it teaches us to think logically; valuable skills in today's society. Above all else we believe that Mathematics is fun and can be enjoyed by all pupils whatever their ability.