Every girl is encouraged to become confident and proficient in all aspects of Mathematics as required in the National Curriculum, Common Entrance and Senior School examinations. We aim to foster a love for learning Mathematics and to develop an ability to problem solve and learn independently.
Lessons are focussed on real-life situations as far as possible so that the girls understand the relevance of Mathematics to their everyday lives. Considerable time is given to the development of mental strategies, a precursor to the more formal written methods. This allows girls to acquire a good understanding of concepts involved and to become confident in their own ability to make sensible choices.
Girls are encouraged to become problem-solvers and to develop an enquiring mind. The ability to think logically and persevere is developed in each girl so that they can see a problem through to its conclusion. As mathematical skills develop, girls have increasing tools and knowledge which they can then apply to more complex problem solving.
Through careful planning and teaching, the work is differentiated to meet the needs of each girl and a variety of activities are chosen to reinforce concepts and skills. Lessons throughout the School include mental, practical, written and computer-based elements and the Abacus scheme is currently used as the framework. Published schemes are continually evaluated to ensure the girls are provided with the best possible resources.
The older girls are prepared thoroughly for Entrance Examinations to Senior Schools so that girls are able to progress to a school of their choice.
English is seen as a vitally important subject in its own right, and as an essential tool for learning in all the other subjects. We aim to establish fluency in reading as early as possible and to encourage the enjoyment of reading through our own reading scheme and, later, books from the School Library. A firm foundation in phonics is given and careful attention is paid to spelling and handwriting throughout the School.
The ability to write imaginatively and with clarity is an invaluable skill. This is developed through the process of writing in as many forms as possible - stories, poems, letters, accounts of pupils' own experience, magazine articles and so on.
Basic rules of grammar and punctuation are taught rigorously, and then extended, in the higher years, with advanced skills.
A wide variety of children's literature is studied - novels, poems and plays - in order to inspire the pupil's own writing and develop their comprehension skills.
Through discussion, debate, formal talks and drama within the classroom as well as regular performances on stage - both formal and informal - pupils develop into attentive listeners and confident, articulate speakers.
Year 4 Reading List
Year 5 Reading List
Year 6 Reading List