At West Hill Park, we believe mathematics is more than just a subject; it is a way of thinking. We aim to give all children an experience of maths based on three core values: understanding; enjoyment; and mastery. Whatever the age, the most important thing is for a child to be Curious, to ask the question why. When children understand why a method works they have a much better chance of being able to apply that process in different contexts.
Our aim is to increase mathematical skills individually and to enable students to apply these skills in solving a variety of problems in different contexts. In Mathematics, the challenge comes from the resilience developed in unpicking and analysing the underlying concepts, extending problems and drawing connections between ideas.
We aim to help young mathematicians to be critical thinkers, to examine their work and assess whether what they have done is reasonable. Problem solving and investigations encourage children to ask their own independent questions, to write and test their own hypotheses and to explain their solutions. Ultimately we hope that maths intrigues, inspires and makes real sense.