At Hampton Pre-Prep & Prep we believe Mathematics is paramount to moulding the minds of the leaders of the future. Our aim is to make the learning of the subject enjoyable and challenging, using a wide variety of resources available within the department.
We aim to inspire the development of investigative thinking within our young mathematicians, and develop a confidence and resilience to ask their own questions, test their own hypotheses and explain their solutions.
In the Pre-Prep, mathematical understanding is developed through stories, songs, rhymes, games and imaginative play. The children are encouraged to experiment with numbers through plenty of practical ‘hands-on’ activities to support their growing awareness of numbers and patterns in the environment and in our daily routines. During these years the focus is placed on the fundamentals of number and the development of numerical reasoning. The pupils are introduced to geometry, shape and space, data handing and measurements of mass, time and length.
In the Prep all key concepts are revisited and expanded upon each year. In Year 5 pupils are introduced to algebra to support and extend their problem solving skills. In Year 6 the boys will be well prepared for their 11+ entrance exams by applying their understanding of the curriculum to a wide variety of examination style problems.
In addition to the curriculum in class, all pupils in Years 5 and 6 are entered into the Primary Mathematics Challenge, a national event where pupils have the opportunity to achieve a bronze, silver or gold medal. A team of mathematicians is also chosen to represent Hampton Prep into the National Mathematicians Award, where we have recently achieved success in the regional finals.