Our goal in the Mathematics Department is to ensure that children leave Wellesley House not only confident in the use of techniques across the mathematical spectrum, but also with a feel for the subject and a comprehension of skills that will support them throughout their lives. We aim to develop a systematic approach to problem-solving and an appreciation for clarity and accuracy.
Whilst examinations are inevitably an important part of a child's school life, the syllabus is broad and provides regular opportunities for investigative work. Children experience a variety of approaches to aid their understanding, to reflect that there is not just a single "correct" way to solve a problem.
In Years 3 to 6 work is based on the Yearly Teaching Programmes of the National Numeracy Strategy for Primary Schools. The aim for these years is to lay solid foundations in order that children are secure both with mental strategies and with written procedures. More confident mathematicians are formally introduced to algebraic techniques during Year 6.
Work in Years 7 and 8 is structured around the Common Entrance Syllabus, which reflects the National Curriculum. Differentiation is employed within each year group in order that stronger mathematicians aim towards Level 3 of Common Entrance papers. Scholarship candidates study a number of additional topics and are challenged with increasingly complex problems. A small number of children may take Level 1 at Common Entrance, depending on the requirements of their chosen senior schools.
In addition to twice-yearly school examinations, children up to and including Year 6, take half-termly assessment papers and all children annually sit the standardised Mathematics test “Progress in Mathematics 4-14” from GL Assessment. Children in the final year take examinations each term.