Up to Year 4, classes are normally taught Mathematics by their form teacher. From Year 5 upwards the subject is taught by specialist teachers and setting is used. The school currently has two full-time Mathematics specialists and a number of experienced general subject teachers who teach Mathematics for part of the time. There are two specialist Mathematics rooms and a resource centre. The department carries out regular in-service training to keep up to date.
The curriculum is closely tied to the requirements of the National Curriculum up to Year 6 (the end of Key Stage 2). In Years 7 and 8 courses are geared towards the requirements of the Common Entrance and Scholarship examinations of the public schools these incorporate the requirements of the National Curriculum.
From the start of the Pre-Prep up to Year 5 the Heinemann Mathematics Scheme is used, with additional material from other sources being used as appropriate. In Year 6 the course is based round the book KS2 Mathematics and in Years 7 and 8 the main textbooks used are Essential Skills in Maths, Books 3 and 4. At all levels, and particularly in the later years, teachers make use of worksheets and materials produced internally and specifically designed to meet the needs of the class or group that they are teaching.
The department has used computers to enhance teaching for many years. Junior forms have regular periods of Mathematics in one of the computer rooms. In senior forms, computer topics are more likely to be covered either by taking the class to the computer room for a block of periods as and when an appropriate topic comes up, or by using one of the classroom computers for demonstration purposes.
The department has a record of good results at both Common Entrance and public school Scholarship (see elsewhere for details).
U.K. Junior Mathematical Challenge
This is a national competition organised by the University of Leeds, in which Holmewood participated for the first time in 1999. Approximately 144,000 pupils aged 12 or 13 took part, of whom the top 40% were awarded certificates.
In 2007 the pupils from Holmewood gained 15 bronze certificates, 20 silver certificates and 14 gold certificates (awarded to only the top 6% of candidates).
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