Little children learn most effectively from big children. Maths is a subject in which confidence is key and in which ability and confidence are often out of line. Coming from our whole school INSET day in January was a new initiative – ‘Inspiring girls in maths’ – Upper Sixth female mathematicians talking to and leading junior school female mathematicians, helping them to solve a mathematical problem. The aim was to nurture a ‘have a go’ attitude in maths.
As Mr Ward put it in an email to me:
“The presentation by the sixth formers was interesting and relevant and the activity was fun and engaging. I have had lots of feedback from the Junior School girls stating that they really enjoyed the afternoon and would love to do it again!
The sixth form girls were a credit to the school. They spoke well, showed confidence and took the time to work with different groups, helping and guiding the younger children.
Mr Brooks, who accompanied the sixth form students, was equally enthusiastic and positive about the afternoon’s activities.
I am sure that the visit form the sixth form students can only provide the younger girls with excellent role models and hopefully encourage more of them to believe in their own Maths skills.”