St Anthony's School Hampstead

St Anthony's Girls School Hampstead

Our Ethos

St. Anthony's aims to provide high quality education in a caring, supportive and Catholic environment, infused by Christ's Gospel, in order that each of our pupils is able to develop fully as an individual, well-adjusted to the wider community.

Mathematics

 

Mathematics equips pupils with powerful ways to describe, analyse and change the world.  It can stimulate moments of pleasure and wonder in all pupils when they solve a problem for the first time, discover a better solution, or notice hidden connections. Pupils will eventually be able to think independently in applied and abstract ways.

Mathematics is a creative discipline.  The language of Mathematics is international.  The subject transcends cultural boundaries and its importance is universally recognised.  Mathematics has developed over time as a means of solving problems and also for its own sake.

In the Foundation Stage, classes at St Anthony’s develop their knowledge and understanding of Mathematics through the use of ICT, maths games and role play to foster and encourage an understanding of the concept of maths as part of our everyday lives.  As the pupils progress the use of practical activities, exploration and discussion is encouraged so that maths becomes second nature and enjoyable.  They count, read, write and order numbers up to 100 and possibly beyond.  They develop mental calculation skills, learn about shape and space through practical activity which builds an understanding of their immediate environment.  They begin to grasp mathematical language, using it to talk about their methods and explain their reasoning when solving problems.

As pupils progress through the Junior House into the Senior House they use the number system more confidently.  They progress from counting reliably to calculating fluently with all four number operations. Pupils continue to explore features of shape and space and develop their measuring skills in a range of contexts.  They discuss and present their methods and reasoning using a wider range of mathematical language, diagrams and charts.

By the time the pupils reach Year 8, they should be applying their mathematical knowledge to challenging problems.  Their understanding of number operations will encompass decimals, fractions and percentages.  Algebra will be used much more widely and pupils will be able to solve, simplify, factorise and form algebraic expressions and equations.  Shape and space will become more formal with pupils being expected to find areas and volumes of a wide range of mathematical shapes.  They will learn how to draw linear and curved graphs as well as being able to transform shapes.  They progress from merely representing data using graphs or charts to being able to interpret it using statistical measures.

The majority of pupils enjoy Mathematics at St Anthony’s and the results at Common  Entrance have always been exceptional.  The Department mostly produce their own resources, which means the work is tailored to the pupils.  The minister Nick Gibb MPwas so impressed by how we get so much out of our pupils that he invited Olivia and Janet (Head of Mathematics) toWestminsterto discuss our methods of teaching.