At Downham Preparatory School from Year 1 upwards children are taught mathematics by specialist subject teachers with over twenty years experience of teaching mathematics, qualified in using Montessori methods as well as a Masters degree specialising in teaching mathematics to primary age children.

Mathematics teaches children how to make sense of the world around them through developing their ability to calculate, reason and solve problems. It enables children to understand relationships and patterns in both number and space in their everyday lives. From nursery age, our children are learning about maths through Montessori equipment and teaching methods, giving them a thorough and meaningful understanding of the subject. At Key stage 1 and 2 the school uses a variety of teaching styles in mathematics and the children have a wide range of resources to support their work, including computing and Montessori equipment.

In all classes children have a broad range of mathematical abilities. We recognise this fact and provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the individual child. We achieve this by differentiating the tasks and the homework appropriately. Children needing extra support can have one-to-one lessons and help in the classroom from a teaching assistant. More able pupils are given more challenging work and our Year 6 children are usually working at Key stage 3 by the time they leave.

Children's mathematical skills are closely monitored and regularly assessed, enabling us to set tasks at an appropriate level, offer support where needed and report back to parents. Parents are always welcome to discuss their child's progress with their maths teacher, before or after school.