Maths

At LSDM, we encourage the children to reason mathematically, and to have the confidence to tackle problems with a methodical and accurate approach. We endeavour to give the children a solid foundation of mathematical skills that are essential to everyday life.

Emphasis is placed on:

  • Developing an appreciation of the beauty and power of maths;
  • Harnessing a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about maths;
  • Becoming fluent in maths through varied, frequent practice that becomes increasingly complex over time;
  • Increasing the speed of recall of mathematical facts and the ability to apply them to real life situations;
  • Solving mathematical problems by breaking them down into simple steps;
  • Maintaining the breadth of maths – including shape and space, data handling and investigations.

The new curriculum asks us to not use calculators as a substitute for good written and mental arithmetic, but we use them effectively when exploring more complex investigations once the children are in the Upper School.

For more detail about the areas of the curriculum that your child’s year group is covering in class, please see the most recent Lower School/Upper School News under the ‘News’ tab.