If you know a quick way to square any number that ends in five, perhaps you ‘ve had some lessons in Vedic Mathematics.
John Colet School is running an enrichment course in Vedic Mathematics for children from 3rd – 6th classes. The course focuses on extending students laterally through an alternative system of maths that has its origins in ancient India.
The exercises and skills taught are not intended to replace students understanding of mainstream maths, but rather to enhance mental calculation and creative capacities.
The classes are being run as an extracurricular activity after school. A common response from children taking part is: Why were we not shown this before?