Pupils’ confident and enthusiastic attitude to their learning contributes significantly to their progress and achievement.

Independent Schools Inspectorate

Mathematics

Pupils’ confident and enthusiastic attitude to their learning contributes significantly to their progress and achievement.

Independent Schools Inspectorate

Abercorn pupils at Portland Place continue to have a maths lesson daily. The curriculum aims to be both challenging and stimulating for children of all abilities as they begin to work towards secondary school transfer. Children are taught in groups that reflect ability and learning style, in order to provide appropriate support and challenge throughout and to enable an appropriate pace to be achieved in each group.
 

Some of the key areas taught are explored below: 

Number’; during Key Stage 2 (KS2) children learn to work with numbers up to 10 000 000, including decimal and negative values. They develop refined written and mental calculation skills for all four operations involving integers, decimals and fractions and learn about the value of estimation. They begin to understand ways of comparing values, such as using percentages and ratio. Algebra is an exciting topic in upper KS2 where children learn to understand the idea of variables and begin to use formulae and equations.

Measurement’; this is an area which begins to bridge the topics of number and geometry, as children learn to convert between different units of measurement, predominantly metric but also imperial units in Year 6. They extend their understanding to square and cubic units and apply this when developing methods for calculating area and volume of shapes including triangles, parallelograms, cubes and cuboids.

Shape and Space’; throughout KS2 children extend their understanding of 2D and 3D shapes, including circles, and learn to classify them according to their properties. Children extend their knowledge of angles and learn to use angle rules to find missing angles. They extend coordinate skills to all four quadrants and begin to perform simple transformations on a grid. Children also begin to create 2D representations of 2D and 3D shapes and make nets for simple 3D shapes.

Statistics’; children in KS2 build on their data handling skills and learn a variety of ways to collect and present data, including pie charts and line graphs by Year 6. They learn to interpret data presented in graphs and tables, using averages such as mean, median, mode and range to help them. They begin to look at the difference between discrete and continuous data and this is something that is extended further in KS3.

Finally, ‘Problem Solving’ is an essential part of the curriculum in which the children apply their knowledge and basic skills to either complete an investigation or solve a more complex problem.  This concept is often integrated into the other areas above as well as being taught as a specific subject. 

 

It is our aim that all our children leave Abercorn ready to move onto the next phase of their education, confident and inquiring mathematicians.

Pupils’ confident and enthusiastic attitude to their learning contributes significantly to their progress and achievement.

Independent Schools Inspectorate
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