At Riddlesworth Hall we believe that everyone has a latent talent for mathematics. Our task is to awaken and develop that potential in each child, so that they can learn to appreciate the use, the joy, and the challenge of mathematics. By facing up to that challenge and working steadily, pupils develop life skills such as logical deduction, persistence and thinking outside the box. They also discover that as well as being a Science, Mathematics can be a creative art. We want pupils at Riddlesworth Hall to say Mathematics is their favourite subject, and hope in the future many will achieve excellent GCSE results and go on to study mathematics at A level and university.
We make use of the extensive school grounds and the vast world of the Internet along with the ever increasing world of technology to link mathematics to the real world. Although at Riddlesworth Hall mathematics is done mainly with pencil and paper, technology allows us to speed up and streamline many of the repetitive mechanical processes and allow pupils to see the functional applications of the topics they are learning. ICT in mathematics is used by pupils to see the efficiency it can bring to calculations and also to investigate and discover the world of problem solving for themselves. Students will use spreadsheets, interactive geometry, graph drawing packages and many websites to develop the skills and understanding needed to apply their mathematics in the real world.
To keep the more able students fully stretched, there are many challenges offered both within and outside school. There are also activities after school to engage and push further the understanding of these pupils.