Mathematics & Digital Literacy

ICT

It is the aim of the ICT department to encourage confident and competent users of ICT who learn when and how to use technology. Repton Prep benefits form a campus-wide ICT network maintained by a full-time computer technician.

Through a variety of experiences we aim for each pupil to develop skills in communicating ideas through words, pictures, and sounds; entering, storing and classifying information; accessing and obtaining information and discovering skills useful to their own studies.

Two main computer suites lie at the heart of the network and it is here that ICT skills are taught as a part of the timetables for all Year 3 – Year 8 pupils. Each classroom in the school is equipped with at least one computer and there are more available in the Library for work and research purposes. Many subject areas make use of ICT to enhance teaching and learning and the majority of classrooms are equipped with data projectors and/or interactive whiteboards.

The use of ICT and computing is fully integrated across the school. By year 8 pupils are comfortable applying skills to all areas of the curriculum. It may be video analysis of their own sports performance, creating films for Geography topics or using programming skills to design, code and evaluate systems. At Repton Prep we have a long established structure enabling children to work with computer systems with confidence and competence.

ICT experiences should reflect the whole–school policy on promoting Common Sense, Aiming High, Respect, and Enjoying What You Have.

Mathematics

Our principal aim in teaching Mathematics is that all will be encouraged to enjoy the subject and study it with confidence and a sense of achievement. Our pupils achieve high standards in numeracy and a range of other mathematical skills and learn to apply these skills with confidence and understanding when solving problems.

We feel it is important to develop an appreciation of the relevance of Mathematics in other areas of the curriculum and everyday life and to be able to think precisely, logically and creatively. Furthermore, it is our aim to encourage the ability to work both independently and within a group and to work in an environment where it is acceptable to make mistakes and to be encouraged to use their mistakes to rethink and re-explore their ideas.

The Mathematics syllabus delivered in Years 1 to 6, follows the National Curriculum for Mathematics. We extend this further in Years 5 and 6 with many pupils starting to work on more advanced concepts leading onto Common Entrance work. In Years 7 and 8, pupils follow the outlined syllabus of Common Entrance through the Galore Park text books, So You Want to Learn Maths, books 1-3. In all year groups we aim to provide activities to allow pupils to gain mastery of key numeracy concepts.

Pupils in Years 5 to 8 receive their lessons from specialist staff. Setting currently exists in Years 3-8 for Mathematics, although pupils in Year 3 are not placed into sets immediately in the Michaelmas Term. Mathematics in Pre-Prep is taught to mixed-ability groups.

Our most able students may undertake the Scholarship Mathematics programme in Years 7 and 8, at the end of which, they will sit the designated Scholarship Exam for their chosen school. 

More able pupils participate in a number of National Mathematics challenges. Top sets in Years 5 and 6 take part in the UK Primary Mathematics Challenge in November and any qualifiers sit the finals paper of the PMC in February. The more able pupils in Years 6, 7 & 8 participate in the UK Junior Mathematics Challenge in April and any qualifiers sit the UK Junior Mathematics Olympiad paper at the end of the academic year. A couple of Year 8 pupils join two pupils from Repton’s Year 9 to participate in the UK Mathematics Team Challenge.

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