We believe that parents play a vital role in their child’s academic success. In order to empower parents further and improve parental engagement, we are taking part in the Mayor’s Count on Us Parental Engagement in Maths programme. As part of the programme, the maths working party led a whole-school training which was underpinned by research. Feedback from parent survey, pupil voice and staff meeting then informed the parental engagement action plan below:
Please look out for Parent Workshop letters throughout the year.
As part of the mastery curriculum, children are encouraged to have a Growth Mindset in maths. Children recognise the value of mistakes and look for lessons to be learned. They also learn about the ‘Power of Yet’ so that they can grow their mindset.
Terry Smith, author of Maths Is Just Like Magic (No it’s not…is it?), visited Hallfield on 27th February. He read his story and shared illustrations with the children. His book is all about Maths, Magic and Growth Mindset.
Mathematical concepts can sometimes be quite abstract. In order to support children’s conceptual understanding, different resources are used in maths lessons across the school. A number of resources are used for different maths domains, but the resources below are the main ones used by each year group. This ensures consistency across year groups and progression in the use of more abstract resources (eg: place value counters where the same sized counter represents different values).
Numicons are mainly used by years 1 and 2. Each Numicon represents a different number (1 to 10). Children can count the circles and recognise the shapes and colours of different number representations. They might notice that odd numbers have an ‘extra bit that sticks out’ and even numbers don’t, and that a 4 Numicon and a 6 Numicon fit perfectly together to make a 10 Numicon (4 + 6 = 10). Children use their understanding of Numicons when they move onto using ten frames to carry out simple calculations.
Dienes are mainly used by years 3 and 4. Each diene block represents ones, tens, hundreds or thousands and is a different size; they help children understand the base ten counting system and bring to life the relationship between ones, tens, hundreds and thousands. They can be used to reinforce children’s understanding of place value and help them when using all four operations (+, -, X and ÷).
Place value counters are mainly used by years 5 and 6. These are similar to dienes in that they represent ones, tens, hundreds or thousands, however each counter is the same size and has its value written on it instead. These are usually used on place value mats when comparing numbers or carrying out one of the four operations. As children start to explore and use larger numbers (beyond 1000), they move onto using plain counters.
Below are some other useful resources that are used by different year groups. Feel free to print the ones you need and practise at home with your child! Please note that the year groups are for guidance only; your child may benefit from using resources from preceding year groups.
Mathsframe (check with your child or teacher for generic log in details)
Mathletics (years 2 to 6 pupils have individual log in details)
The school Run (Mathematical vocabulary for parents)
Which one is your favourite? Can you make up your own times table song?
2 times table https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCiCQkTPHUc (Cover of Rude)
3 times table https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XzfQUXqiYY (Cover of Uptown Funk)
4 times table https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ue9Kux95H0 (Cover of Blurred Lines)
5 times table https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdrk70Fhad8 (Cover of We Can’t Stop)
6 times table https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9os1VUUp5io (Cover of Cheer Leader)
7 times table https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEnQbnxWtqM (Cover of Cups)
8 times table https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0X620IeUkYE (Cover of All About That Bass)
9 times table https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGsrC6ZPVGM (Cover of 90’s songs)
10 times table https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDUJ7pCdaW8 (Cover of Look What You Made Me Do)
Below are some SATs-style questions to help children in years 2 and 6 practise every day. Answers are included and the KS2 'Problems of the Day' 2017 include a video of how to solve the questions (click on YouTube icon for links).