Mathematics is an integral part of learning at Dulwich College. Boys in Years 3 and 4 have a 55 minute period of Mathematics each day. Boys in Year 5 and 6 have seven timetabled Mathematics lessons per week. Mathematics within the Junior School is streamed into ability sets. Additionally the boys have many opportunities to use and apply their mathematical skills in other curriculum subjects, for example, creating graphs using MicroSoft Excel in computing, collating date in Science and reading maps in Geography.
Our aim is to create confident Mathematicians who develop an enjoyment of Mathematics. Using a wide range of methods, including hands-on practical work, we ensure that the lessons are stimulating and inspiring while meeting the needs both of the class and the individual at every level. Our core scheme is based on the National Curriculum and derives from the highly respected Abacus, while many supplementary resources are used both to support, extend and enrich learning. As a result, the boys are generally working a year ahead of the national norm.
Mathematical language is developed throughout the Junior School and boys are taught to estimate and check their working. Practical work, investigations and problem solving activities are integrated at all levels. The most able boys are continually stretched through further challenges. Clubs such as Maths Puzzles and Games maintain the enthusiasm, while boys are frequently entered for National Primary Maths Challenges.