Welcome to the maths page
Maths Workshop for Parents
Keep an eye out for the following workshops:
Maths workshop on 'How we teach addition and subtraction.'
(date and time to be confirmed via news letter)
Maths workshop on 'How we teach multiplication and division.'
(date and time to be confirmed via news letter)
These are open to all parents from Foundation through to Year 6.
Mr Widdowfield ran a workshop for parents of children in Year 1.
We enjoyed teas and biscuits.
We looked at some of the new resources we use in school to help develop children's
understanding of maths.
We tried out some activities using Numicon.
We talked about why children learn lots of different methods.
We chatted about the games we played and shared our ideas and thoughts about maths.
We talked about expectations for children in Year 1 and above.
We talked about how we could help at home.
I will be running more general workshops, which will be open to all parents of children from Foundation through to Year 6 soon. These will look at how we teach calculations in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
Keep your eyes peeled for more maths outside resources appearing soon -
outside our Foundation Stage classes.
The Big Ideas
Thinking is at the heart of mathematics and therefore should be at the heart of mathematical teaching and learning:
In our school, reasoning and decision making, key elements of mathematical thinking, should be central to any success criteria
In our school, activity is not enough; it is the sense that we make of it that matters.
In our school, we provide opportunities for children to make decisions, make connections and explain their thinking. ‘Getting it right’ is necessary but not sufficient.
In our school, children need opportunities to work at the edge of their understanding, in order to demonstrate fully what they do understand and what they need to learn next. They must be used to getting things wrong! And learn from making mistakes.
At Redhills, assessment relies upon children demonstrating independence in thought, and being able to say what they are learning and have learned over a period of time, through reflection (eg Green response pen work, buddy work…).
In our school, assessment will include observation and dialogue and will be part of every lesson.
Helping Your Child at Home with Maths
Try to make maths as much fun as possible - games, puzzles and jigsaws are a great way to start. It's also important to show how we use maths skills in our everyday lives and to involve your child in this.
Identifying problems and solving them can also help your child develop maths skills. If you see him or her puzzling over something, talk about the problem and try to work out the solution together.
Don't shy away from maths if you didn’t like it at school. Try to find new ways to enjoy the subject with your child.
Tips for helping your child to enjoy maths:
Homework reinforces what your child is learning in school. It also gives you a chance to become involved in the learning process.
In Key Stage 1 (Reception to Year 2) reading is the most important homework. Your child may always have a book from the classroom library in his or her bag - try to read the book together every night. You’ll probably be asked to fill in a ‘reading record’ about your child’s progress with reading.
The time your child spends on homework is less important than his or her understanding of it. But the following is a rough guide to the amount of time he or she should be spending on homework at primary school: (This includes Reading, Writing and Maths)
|Years 1 and 2||60 minutes a week|
|Years 3 and 4||90 minutes a week|
|Years 5 and 6||30 minutes a day or equivalent over two/three evenings or at the weekend|
Primary school children are sometimes asked to talk to their families about what they learned in school on a particular day. This can be the most valuable homework of all, especially if you show interest and play an active role by asking your child questions about their day.
This extract is from http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/parents/primary_support/
Foundation Goody Bag
Each year we invite parents of our new intake to school during the summer term (July) and have sessions on how to help your child at home get a head start with their maths. As part of this we provide a lovely goodie bag. Open the document below to find out more.
Need help understanding all the new terminology linked to maths?
Need help understanding new teaching methods?
Take a look at these video sequences to find out more.
Some Interesting Maths Songs
Help to learn some times tables facts
Maths Learning Mats
Some Helpful Websites
Some Free Games Websites
Just load the pages by
Ctrl+ Click on the link to open the web page.
Helpful Sheets for Home