Here at High March, we believe that Mathematics is a critical skill in a modern technological age.
It is structured, logical and teaches pupils to think and act in a disciplined way. It is the science behind all beautiful buildings and structures, the basis of music and harmony and helps to provide the knowledge, measure and understanding of the world we live in.
We place great emphasis on the practice of basic skills and aim to build a solid foundation from which each child is equipped with the knowledge and confidence to help organise her thinking, select appropriate ideas and strategies to solve mathematical problems.
Teachers merge aspects of Mastery, an approach which develops children’s mathematical fluency and enables them to apply their knowledge to a range of problem-solving situations, with existing practice so as to meet the needs of the girls in the best way possible. A typical Mastery lesson is led by the teacher, with pupils using objects and pictures to represent mathematical concepts physically, alongside numbers and symbols. This helps them visualise abstract ideas. As they become more proficient, they reduce their reliance on physical props.
At Foundation stage and Key Stage 1 through to Year 3, the children are taught Mathematics by their form teachers. At the end of Year 3, children are arranged into ability groups and taught by specialist Mathematics teachers. These groups follow the same syllabus, working at a pace which suits each pupil’s needs. The groups are flexible and children are constantly re-assessed. This information is shared with both the pupil and the parents.
Specialist support for children with specific learning needs is available when required.
The syllabus followed is a combination of the National Curriculum and the 11+ Common Entrance syllabus. We ensure that pupils are prepared for entry into the Bucks County Grammar Schools and a wide range of independent schools through the Bucks County 11+ selection test, the Common Entrance examination or individual examinations set by the schools themselves. We also prepare some pupils for scholarships where required.