Our engaging curriculum keep kids coming back for more, even as they grapple with some of the most rigorous maths problems available anywhere. We use the rigorous study of mathematics as a vehicle to develop our students’ maths fluency, intellect, and character, empowering them for life. If you would like your child to embrace maths as a problem-solving tool they'll use for the rest of their life, Shine will take them there.
Our courses are built on extensive research based on the UK National Curriculum and exam requirements at different levels, Shanghai maths teaching techniques and systems and the seven core maths competencies. We want our students to look forward to their next lesson and there is no better approach than peer-to-peer learning.
Shanghai Maths embodies the belief that every child can do well if they are taught well. The Shanghai Maths approach has attracted widespread public attention since Shanghai started topping the OECD’s PISA rankings in 2009. This systematic approach has seen China win the international maths Olympiad competition 14 times in the last 20 years.
We have taken the principles and systems of Shanghai Maths and applied it to the UK curriculum to design a programme that helps them to develop a maths mindset for analysis and problem solving.
At the core of Shanghai Maths principles is the belief that children learn better when a topic is fully explored and taught in depth.
We have taken all available past and sample exam papers (totalling over 200 papers in all), from top London day schools and UK Boarding schools, and categorised questions into specific maths topics. This allows us to cover each math topic in depth, layering questions from relatively easy to most challenging.
Our courses are designed to prepare children for both primary and secondary school admission exams - 7+, 8+, and 11+.
We believe small group lessons are more effective than one-on-one tutoring or teaching in larger groups, as it allows everyone to participate and promotes peer-to-peer learning. We currently run small groups of c.6 students to optimise participation and learning outcomes.
Our programme promotes understanding over memorisation and builds a firm foundation in maths. At the same time we put the fun and games back into learning with in-class competitions and group problem solving at the Maths Olympiad level.
Students are presented with a problem in the topic area being covered to attempt on their own.
We discuss the students' approaches and introduce our approach. We then give them a series of similar problems to solve using this approach.
The problems gradually increase in difficulty level - layer by layer like peeling an onion - through to an advanced level that offers stretch to all students.