“Arithmetic is being able to count up to twenty without taking off your shoes!” Mickey Mouse
Mathematics in Melrose is fun!
Our aims in teaching Mathematics are that all girls will enjoy the subject and study it with confidence and a sense of achievement; become fluent in the fundamentals of the subject; reason mathematically and solve problems.
Mathematics is generally taught by class teachers and led by Mrs Sarah Morris. In the Junior department classes are divided into two smaller groups at least twice a week for streamed sessions. The Collins Busy Ant Maths scheme, used in all classes, offers at least 3 levels of differentiated work every lesson. Homework is set regularly in all classes, from Lower Prep to Form III and often involves activities for parents and daughters to work on together. We regularly have positive feedback from parents about how much they have enjoyed the tasks! Resources such as Numicon are used as needed.
We have been working hard to develop problem solving and mental Mathematics skills. The 24Game has become a favourite with girls and staff. In this game, each card has 4 numbers which must all be used to make a total of 24. Any operation can be used and speed is essential. If you haven't tried it yet, have a go, but beware, you will become addicted! https://www.24game.com
Mathletics plays a big part in Mathematics at Melrose; Mathletics is the world's no.1 e-learning resource for maths, helping students enjoy maths and improve their results. All girls have their own log in and can work on interactive activities at home and school. There are regular Mathletics weeks where we can compete against other schools all around the world. Have a look at this link for more information. http://www.mathletics.co.uk
Upper Juniors compete in the international Primary Maths Challenge every November and attend special Master Classes offered by Southampton University, sponsored by BWCI.
Numerous stickers and certificates are often given out in assemblies celebrating Mathematical achievements - for tables, classwork and Mathletics. There is a thriving Maths club which runs on Thursday mornings before school.