Mathematics

At St Olave’s we encourage our pupils to calculate, to reason and to solve problems. We believe it is important to impart a positive attitude to mathematics so we use our great facilities and resources to make it fun, interactive and practical. Our aim is for pupils to think mathematically, be imaginative and be confident in using mathematics from an early age.

Mathematics is taught as a core subject and is based on the National Curriculum. We develop the core skills of numeracy, mental and applied mathematics, while also giving pupils the opportunity to explore the broader subject. This process allows for continual development to challenge the more numerate, whilst also continuing revisiting earlier areas of knowledge for those who need more support. We want to nurture a fascination and excitement of mathematics.

We encourage pupils to question, develop investigative thinking, and apply their knowledge to real life problems. We believe this is a great preparation for the transition to secondary school.


Science

At St Olave’s we want science to be understood, not just remembered by our pupils, whether it is evolution and life processes, the solar system or learning of physical processes. We use scientific equipment, including computers and data loggers with different teaching methods in order to enrich our pupils learning of science. Lessons are designed to give as much variety as possible within the three main science strands of biology, chemistry and physics.

We work to develop a curiosity and confidence in our pupils to ask and answer searching, scientific questions. We believe it’s important to allow the children to plan and carry out scientific investigations.

Our primary focus is to facilitate pupils to predict occurrences, present results in different ways and draw conclusions to form their own findings.

Computing

At St Olave's we believe that computing should not be limited to the ICT suite. We have developed a balanced, enjoyable curriculum that allows the children to show their logical thinking and coding skills while also enhancing their general proficiency with digital devices.

Computing is a practical subject, one which encourages the children to think and do, to try out and reflect. Through computing, children learn how to organise themselves, to solve problems and be creative in their thinking and doing. They learn about how things work and learn about different technologies.

Our curriculum empowers all children to become discriminating and informed users of various platforms, apps, products, and become innovators. The key skills acquired throughout the curriculum form an integral part of the National Curriculum and will benefit all of our children in everyday life.