Maths seems to have undergone a recent transformation, changing from a subject seen as ‘geek’ to now very chic. Girls at Knighton House often cite maths as their favourite subject yet it is often viewed by many as a traditionally male subject.
Mr Richard Biggs, Head of Kings College Taunton, paid a visit to the girls’ prep school to host a ‘Maths Masterclass’ where he spoke about how fun and fascinating numbers can be.
“Sometimes, the fear of maths immediately makes us believe it is difficult. It doesn’t help that the terminology used: fractions, formulas, geometry and algebra make it seem even more daunting … and we can all get our ‘means’ mixed up with our ‘modes’!
“But when we take away the mystery, maths can be fun and there is no greater feeling than when you understand the right formula to work out a question. By losing the fear around maths, it can be enjoyable and not so frightening.”
Richard firmly believes that more girls should be studying maths at higher levels and is delighted that maths is proving such a popular subject at Knighton House.
He added: “My own mathematical experience has been one of profound excitement. It is a beautiful and challenging subject and I am delighted to have the opportunity of sharing some of the fun of numbers with the girls at Knighton House.”