Mathematics is all around us; it underpins much of our daily lives and our futures. At Barnardiston, we believe that in addition to being taught for its usefulness, mathematics is also taught for its logic and for fun. As Ofsted remarked 'Mathematics is essential for everyday life and understanding our world. It is also essential to ...our economic future...It is therefore fundamentally important to ensure that all pupils have the best possible mathematics education. They need to understand the mathematics they learn so that they can be creative in solving problems, as well as being confident and fluent in developing and using mathematical skills...'


The Aims for Mathematics at Barnardiston  are to:

  • Reflect and deliver the aims of the school through the teaching of mathematics.

  • Foster a positive attitude towards mathematics and a willingness to accept new challenges.

  • Develop the capacity to work creatively, systematically, independently, and cooperatively.

  • Be able to calculate using appropriate methods.

  • Decide when the use of calculators and/or computers is appropriate.

  • Use trial and improvement methods.

  • Ensure that special educational needs are identified, teaching strategies employed and resources employed to meet the needs of individual children.

  • Ensure opportunities for mathematical work in other areas of the curriculum are planned and exploited whenever possible.

What is taught

Mathematics is a logical subject that bases new work and ideas on previous concepts. Facts and skills are taught in ways which enable pupils to see them as relevant, useful and properly understood. We regard it to be of fundamental importance that our younger children have the best possible grounding in mathematics including calculating, understanding and reasoning with number; working with measures and establishing the foundations for algebraic thinking. For the older pupils, as the subject becomes more formal our main priority is to develop the skills which underpin all aspects of mathematics. From Form IV, children follow the established ISEB mathematics syllabus which prepares them for the requirements of the 13+ Common Entrance Examination in Form VI.

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Directors: KA Boulter & RA Richardson



Barnardiston Hall Preparatory School.

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