Pupils have a strong grasp of mathematics, where their progress is positively facilitated by grouping by ability higher up the school.

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At The Beacon, we strive to develop a love of number and we believe that mathematics can be enjoyed by all pupils. All children have a different way of thinking and learning, therefore provision is made for each individual and a variety of appropriate teaching strategies are used, making good use of our excellent resources. We encourage our boys to have the confidence to put forward their ideas and explain the methods that they are using. Extra support is given to those who need reinforcement and for the very able students we take the subject to a higher level. We encourage the boys to tackle open-ended problems and investigations; they need to decide for themselves appropriate strategies and how they will formulate a solution. Our teaching groups are flexible and constantly reassessed and we run maths clubs and clinics before school, at lunchtime and after school.

The introduction of calculators has changed the aims of mathematics. Now more time is devoted to the development of number concepts, the understanding of calculation methods, estimation and problem solving skills.

We participate in a number of competitions and maths challenges, for example boys in Years 5 and 6 participate in the Primary Maths Challenge and those in Years 7 and 8 compete in the Junior Maths Challenge. Both these competitions are organised by the Maths Association.  We compete in maths competitions that are hosted by other schools as well as our own maths afternoon that we organise for Year 6 pupils.

In conclusion, we feel the hallmark of good mathematics teaching is to provide a stimulating environment with a rich variety of situations in which the boys are given the opportunity to express themselves and enable them to approach the challenge of mathematics with self confidence and enthusiasm. This will allow them to reach their full potential.

Jackie Gibson
Head of Mathematics