“My child can’t do maths but that’s OK because I couldn’t do maths either!” Has it really become socially acceptable for children and parents to admit that they can’t do maths? At Barrow Hills this is definitely not the case as we perceive the understanding and application of mathematics as one of the most important life skills.
I studied mathematics because I have always seen it as beautiful; it develops the mind and underpins the study of almost all other subjects. It is a necessary component of many jobs, helping us to become successful citizens. I was fortunate to grow up in a family of mathematicians and we would regularly discuss mathematics and its great impact on our society around the dinner table.
We provide a mastery approach to achieving a solid mathematical foundation. This increases confidence, engagement, ability to look for patterns, understanding and enjoyment for all children.
Once they realise that they are “good at maths”, the confidence that they gain is extended to becoming “good at everything”.
In their final years at Barrow Hills children continue to make connections between different aspects of mathematics whilst increasing their confidence and flexibility in order to solve unfamiliar problems including investigations, rich tasks, mathematical challenges and cross curricular projects whilst sustaining their positive attitude towards the subject. Children work towards the 13+ Common Entrance syllabus. Many work towards scholarships with the introduction of more examination techniques and the regular completion of practice examination papers.
Head of Mathematics