Math: For Gifted and Talented Children
Our sessions always include a problem or investigation that requires mathematical thinking to solve. The problems are based on a balance from all areas of the UK curriculum including Number, Measurement, Geometry and Statistics.
Using a problem-solving approach to teaching and learning math is of value to all students and especially to those who are high achieving. Some of the reasons for using problem solving are summarized below:
Problem solving encourages students to believe in their ability to think mathematically. The open-ended nature of problem solving allows high achieving students to extend the ideas involved to challenge their greater knowledge and understanding.
Problem solving develops mathematical power. It gives students the tools to apply their mathematical knowledge to solve hypothetical and real-world problems.
Problem solving is enjoyable. It allows students to work at their own pace and make decisions about the way they explore the problem.
Problem solving places the focus on the student making sense of mathematical ideas. When solving problems students are exploring the mathematics within a problem context rather than as an abstract.
Problem solving better represents the nature of mathematics. Research mathematicians apply this exact approach in their work on a daily basis.
See How Our Sessions Look By Age Group
Math Age 5-7
The principal focus of our Math sessions for 5-7 year old is to ensure that students become increasingly fluent with whole numbers and the four operations. Students will develop their ability to solve a range of problems, including with simple fractions and decimal place value. Additionally, students will understand the value of knowing their times tables and be able to read and spell mathematical vocabulary correctly and confidently, using their growing word reading knowledge and their knowledge of spelling. Weekly Challenges will develop their higher order thinking skills, along with opportunities to work with high ability peers. This course will prepare children for the level of mastery required as they enter Key Stage 2.
The principal focus of our Math course for 8-11 year old is to ensure that students develop their ability to solve a wider range of problems, including increasingly complex properties of numbers and arithmetic, and problems demanding efficient written and mental methods of calculation. Students will have the opportunity to use the language of algebra as a means for solving a variety of problems. Investigations will develop their higher order thinking skills, along with opportunities to work with high ability peers. These sessions will develop skills of persistence, resilience and confidence, to prepare students for their secondary school journey.
Math Age 12-16
The principal focus of our Math course for 12-16 year old is to ensure that students become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems. Pupils will develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately. They will be encouraged to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalizations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language. They will be able to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
The national curriculum for mathematics reflects the importance of spoken language in pupils’ development across the whole curriculum – cognitively, socially and linguistically. The quality and variety of language that pupils hear and speak are key factors in developing their mathematical vocabulary and presenting a mathematical justification, argument or proof. This course assists in making their thinking clear to themselves as well as others by using discussion to probe and remedy their misconceptions. It will prepare students in Key stage 3 for GCSEs and give those already starting on the course the confidence to progress.