'The pupils' achievement in mathematics is exceptional.'                                                                                                                             ISI Inspection, May 2014

Mathematics is essential to everyday life, critical to science and technology and necessary for financial awareness. We aim to develop conceptual understanding of the number system and fluency in using different methods of calculation. Children solve problems which require an ability to reason mathematically, develop an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics and gain a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject. Every opportunity is given over to practical tasks and pupils are encouraged to talk about mathematics. A strong and consistent focus on meaningful questioning helps to ensure that pupils are challenged and actively tackle difficult areas of learning. They are encouraged to find patterns and make connections between calculations. We enjoy stimulating, fast-paced Maths lessons every day. Our spiral curriculum ensures continual revision and progression. This process allows for constant development to challenge the most able whilst also regularly revisiting earlier areas of knowledge for those who need it. Activities are accessible to everyone and ensure true mastery of concepts, fostering a sense of success in all pupils.

Quiz Club National Junior Maths Championship 18h June 2019

Congratulations to the Maths Quiz Team who were placed 4th out of 11 in this afternoon’s competition. The standard was impressively high and the competition keenly contested. An impressive team effort from Aaryan, Ishar, Koyenam and Anubhav.

Quiz Club National Junior Maths Championship 7th May 2019

Congratulations to Aaryan, Ishar, Koyenam and Vishva for achieving first place in the Area Heat.

The competition consisted of fiendish mental maths problems (no written workings allowed), and complex problem solving. The result was highly contested among 11 teams with St. Bernard’s moving into 1st position by the 2/3rd point and extending their lead to 160 points by the end. We look forward to participating in the semi-final round later this term.


Primary Maths Challenge

St Bernard’s Prep has been taking part in the Primary Maths Challenge for many years. Each year the Maths Association offers the challenge which attracts schools from across the country, enabling pupils to take part in a contest which is both motivating and engaging. Our pupils are always excited to be a part of this challenge and even more delighted with their successes. 63,000 children entered in November 2018 with 2,375 pupils who scored 19 or more invited to take part in the Bonus Round in February 2019. Congratulations to Erica and Koyenum for achieving Bronze and Ishar and Shrey for Silver Success.  


 All of St. Bernard's Year 3 and 4 pupils will be participated in a brand new maths competition, First Mathematics Challenge in June 2019.Congratulations to all of the pupils in Lower Trans and Trans who took part in the First Maths Challenge. A special mention to Ria, Jaspreet and Sumant achieving a Platinum Award for full marks.     

World Class Arena Mathematics Test                                            

Upper Trans, not to be left out, enjoyed great success in this international mathematics test. Well done to Arjun, Geeta, Imran, Krishan, Mahi, Maria, Rajan, Rishi, Sam and Seb.


The UK Mathematics Trust (UKMT) is a registered charity whose aim is to advance the education of children and young people in mathematics. The UKMT organises national mathematics competitions and other mathematical enrichment activities for students. The Junior Challenge is aimed at the top third of pupils in Year 8 or below in England and Wales. For the last three years we have entered our most able mathematicians for this competition, even though it is aimed for pupils two years above. We are always proud of all our children’s achievements but feel a special ‘glow’ at their success in the challenging UKMT competition.

St. Bernard’s Pupils Reach Gold Standard in Junior Maths Challenge

On the 30th April 2019, 20 of our Year 6 pupils took part in the UK Junior Mathematical Challenge (JMC), which is run by the UKMT.  It encourages mathematical reasoning, precision of thought, and fluency in using basic mathematical techniques to solve interesting problems. The problems on the JMC are designed to make students think. Most are accessible, yet challenge those with more experience; they are also meant to be memorable and enjoyable. We are extremely proud of our Year 6 pupils  who can take part in a challenge which is aimed at pupils at least a year older.  This makes their achievements even more significant, and truly shows the great potential of our bright young mathematicians.  Gold awards for Koyenum, Vishva and Anubhav. Silver for Arauna, Erica, Aaryan, Niran and Shrey. Bronze for Nyah, Ishar and Kemi. Well done to all! Koyenam also qualified for the Junior Kangaroo Challenge.


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