Maths class at HCH

Mathematics is our daily companion whether we just want to figure out when to leave the house to be on time for a meeting, check whether we got the correct change or whether we use more advanced maths as part of our jobs.

Our mathematics teachers are very enthusiastic about their subject and their enthusiasm is contagious. We believe that students learn mathematics best by doing it themselves and our teachers see themselves as facilitators of this learning process.

Mathematics is more than just calculating; it is reasoning, analysing, selecting, sketching, interpreting, proving, modelling and deducing. Skills that can later in life be applied to many situations.

There are different ways of discovering and practising mathematics, be it through games, puzzles, or investigations, but we know ultimately that experience makes the mathematician.

We prepare our students for the 11+ exam taken in Year 6, the 13+ taken in Year 8 and the GCSE taken at the end of Year 11.

In the sixth form we prepare our students for the AS exams in Year 12 and the A-level at the end of Year 13.

Anja LichtenauBSc PGCE
  • Head of Mathematics

Regular events

Times Tables Challenge

P1180176If you hear students of all ages practising their times tables in the corridors, then it is a fairly safe bet that the Times Tables Challenge is drawing closer. The excitement is palpable.

The first round is a timed exercise in the classroom where each student has to answer 100 times tables questions. The current record is 1 minute 21 seconds, set by a Year 8 student in the Summer 2013 competition.

The three best students then move into the semi-finals to represent their year group. Here they have to work as a team to solve 300 tasks.

The final then consists of the three best teams fighting it out in front of all the students who took part in round 1. The atmosphere in the Main Hall when the finalists battle it out is great. One can hear a pin drop as round after round the teams gather points to win the ultimate prize: reigning Times Tables Champions.

This competition was brought into life in order to give students that push now and then that they need to know their times tables. Whilst the times tables play a big role in the Lower Years curriculum, once in the Middle or even Upper Years we do not spend time on such basics. However, coming back after the summer holidays we do put emphasis on their learning again and the competition brings a fun side to it. The students love the fact that they are timed and see how from challenge to challenge their time improves.

The Lower Years have another Times Tables Challenge in the Summer Term as they focus far more on their times tables during lessons.

UKMT Challenges

Here is what the UKMT website has to say for itself: The UKMT Individual Maths Challenges are lively, intriguing multiple choice question papers, which are designed to stimulate interest in maths in large numbers of pupils. The three levels cover the secondary school range 11-18 and together they attract over 600,000 entries from over 4,000 schools and colleges.

We take part in the Junior, Intermediate and Senior Challenges and have had quite a few bronze, silver and gold medals over the past couple of years. Going over the papers it is always interesting to see how students tackle problems and how their understanding manifests itself.

Tycoon in Schools

This year is the second year that this competition has been running. Spearheaded by Peter Jones, the competition encourages students to think up a business, write a business plan and then start their business if they get the loan from Tycoon in Schools.

Hampton Court House students have been successful both years in securing a loan.

Last year our company Abutralec ran a photography business and made a very good profit. This year’s company is called MyCard HCH and offers Christmas Card Craft Kits for sale. Trading finishes at the end of November, check on Tycoon in Schools our team’s progress.

World Maths Day

HCH Maths Day takes place in the Spring term and we take the opportunity to set different challenges to all students from Nursery up to Year 11.
Most challenges take place in the theatre with sometimes 2 or 3 year groups being there at the same time. The younger students are excited by being set tasks by the teachers of the “bigger children” and the older students enjoy having to solve puzzles that stretch them and give them the opportunity to test their insight.

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Year 9 maths at the Diana Fountain in Bushy Park

Year 9 have recently learned trigonometry and took that knowledge out to Bushy Park to calculate the height of Diana Fountain. Rule No. 1 was not to get wet, so we needed to find the circumference of the lake in order to get the radius. Using the radius of the lake, the angle of elevation and the tangent... ratio, the students calculated the height of the fountain. Our progress was closely monitored by the local wildlife and the weather was on our side as well.

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Get ready for the Times Tables Challenge 2021

The maths department always starts the Autumn Term with a big push on learning/practising times tables. The children practise in class, have a competition to find the fastest three to represent their year group and then try to get into the final on Wednesday 13th October.
Learning times tables is a brilliant... way of helping children advance their maths, and a secure knowledge will make a huge difference.

There are various apps, games and worksheets one can use to practise, but it can be quite simple as well. We are using a 100 tasks sheet. Children seeing teachers and parents practise is a powerful motivational tool. So why not challenge each other? Who can be fastest?
Each mistake adds 10 seconds to the score. The school’s record is 1 minute and 21 seconds (October 2016).
If you want to give it a go at home, below is our 100 tasks sheet, which randomly creates different tasks every time you open it.
Join the fun!

times tables 100 tasks

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Year 9 Diana fountain maths activity

Year 9 have recently learned trigonometry and took that knowledge out to Bushy Park to calculate the height of Diana Fountain. Rule No. 1 was not to get wet, so we needed to find the circumference of the lake in order to get the radius. Using the radius of the lake, the angle of elevation and the tangent... ratio, the students calculated the height of the fountain. Solutions ranged from 15m (only slightly off) to heights that would put the Eiffel Tower to shame. Maths in the real world is not that easy after all.

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Year 4 “Mart” project this week

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The children worked on symmetry and discovered real-life symmetrical objects, road signs and animals. They worked on reproducing symmetrical patterns and identifying lines of symmetry... in different shapes. They completed their work this week by drawing the other half of an animal’s face. Well done Year 4 for your hard work and enthusiasm!

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Ready… Steady… Bake!…In Year 4

Year 4 have been learning about measurements and revised units of lengths, weight and capacity. Cooking is a wonderful way to get children weighing and measuring practically and reading scales carefully. The children can experience metric/imperial measures in recipe books and practise scaling by multiplying... or dividing to create, e.g. double or half the amount in the recipe. Another fun activity is making ‘mocktails’ with different-coloured squashes or juice – challenge your child to create a recipe that actually tastes good. This is what some of the Year 4 children have been trying at home and Rupert baked a banana bread using his maths skills. Thank you for the pictures Rupert! We hoped you and your family enjoyed your fantastic baking!

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HCH Maths Advent Calendar 2019

It is the season to be jolly and you have reason to be even more jolly as the HCH maths advent calendar is back!
Children from Reception Class to Year 13 are being given a different maths class each day to discuss and explore with their parents. For each correct entry a child’s name is entered into... a prize draw which will take place on the last day of the term

The maths department wishes everyone a harmonious, calm and jolly lead up to Christmas.

Examples of tasks:
Reception and Lower Years:
Find something in your kitchen that weighs less than 400 grams.

Ideas for parents (choose the appropriate level for your child):
– explain that we use grams and kilograms as units
– explain 1000g = 1kg and ask what they could use to weigh an ant, a dog, a pig…..
– let them estimate the weight of various items and then weigh them
– have a discussion about Santa’s weight
( any observations from exploring this topic are welcome on the answer sheet)

Middle/Upper Years and Sixth Form:
Sue is orienteering. She goes 1 km North, then 2 km East, then 3 km South, then 4 km West. In what direction must she go to return to the start?

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Year 8 Transformation Game

Year 8 have recently revised all four transformations: reflection, translation, rotation and enlargement. They tested their knowledge with this game, which can be found on the nrich website.

A great way of testing and deepening understanding!