Maths is not just about 'doing sums'. At Port Regis we encourage practical investigation and hands-on maths, while also taking advantage of the latest resources and technology. There is plenty of discussion and children are encouraged to become enquiring independent learners.
We believe in learning through concrete and pictorial work before moving on to the abstract level of learning. The schemes of work at Port Regis give children the opportunity to:
- develop an appreciation and awareness of mathematics in many aspects of life
- achieve a high standard of numeracy and develop other mathematical skills
- feel confident in the use of mathematics to solve problems, both real and theoretical
- discuss and explain mathematical concepts using the appropriate language
- approach the challenge of mathematics with enthusiasm and enjoyment
Rapid academic progression is vital at Port Regis, where we set classes by ability from the E Form (Year 4). Higher sets are stretched with more challenging material while individual extra maths lessons are offered to those who need more support.
The department also subscribes to Mymaths.co.uk - a fully interactive, web-based mathematics learning resource which helps chuildren to develop their understanding of maths through online lessons, alongside a variety of engaging activities, games and assessments with instant feedback.– it can also be accessed by children from home during the holidays.
The Head of Maths is Nicole Forbes-Marshall. Prior to her arrival at Port Regis she taught Maths to GCSE level at schools in London and on the South Coast. Although her initial BA led to a career in Performing Arts (including theatre, film and BBC Radio 4), her love of Maths enticed her into further study. She holds a PGCE and Graduate Diploma in Mathematics Education from the OU. Nicole can also be found assisting in Huxley.
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