Dear Parents and Carers,
At Northside Primary School, we are committed to helping every child develop a positive attitude to numbers. As such, I would like to share some free resources that you may like to use at home to help your child build their confidence and reinforce the maths skills they are learning at school.
Oxford OWL for Home is a website developed by Oxford University Press to provide expert advice and free resources for parents to help their children with reading and maths. You will need to set up a free account to access the site.
This page gives a good overview of how maths is taught at school, and will help you to make sense of the different terminology your child will learn in maths lessons: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/school-year/subject-guides/maths-at-primary-school/
This section of Oxford OWL contains lots of games, activities and advice for practising maths skills in everyday activities at home: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/maths
The Oxford OWL team have also put together a YouTube channel full of useful videos.
Here is a playlist of ‘how to’ maths videos that you and your child might find helpful to watch together: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB5TN0ac12P8mq4811j0PGQKbOE9ajNRo
If your child is learning the basics of working with numbers, these videos demonstrate what you can do to help them practise these skills at home: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCllFxIfCNYQvsRepWxT7n8A/search?query=paul+repper
Perhaps you would like to support your child on their maths journey by refreshing your own maths skills? The National Numeracy website contains great practical tools and tips for adults who want to improve their numeracy skills.
We hope you find these resources useful in encouraging your child to grow their maths confidence at home! Please contact your child’s teacher if you would like to know more about what your child is learning in their maths lessons.
With best wishes,
Northside Primary School
In our Maths lessons, we have been making changes to the way lessons are organised. Children are now sat with different learning partners rather than in fixed ability groups so that they can benefit from discussing their ideas with a variety of different people. The beginning part of our Maths lessons now addresses what has been taught the day before. Children are either asked to consolidate their learning, receive support from a teacher or teaching assistant if they have found a concept difficult or extend their learning with a further challenge. Activities are broken into 3 levels of challenge and children are now given the freedom to choose which levels they will attempt. Research shows that this way of working will allow the children to ‘push’ themselves further and achieve more. Children feel more motivated to learn and so far we have seen some fantastic results!
In the Foundation Stage, we have purchased some exciting new outdoor equipment to support the children with their understanding of number. The Foundation Stage now has giant Numicon (colourful plastic shapes that represent different numbers), giant number tracks to form numbers correctly and a giant magnetic number line containing Numicon.
Our Maths TA also supports children with their Maths learning. We have an 'Early Morning Maths Club' where children get the chance to practise their times tables through playing games and having fun. As well as a Maths Games Club where children from year 5 support children from year 2.
Every Friday, in the Red Room, we hold a free Maths Lending Library where parents are able to borrow Maths games to play at home. Games are a great way of supporting your children in a fun, informal way. If you are interested in borrowing a game, please come to the office at 9am on Fridays and ask for the Maths Lending Library.