M.E. week (Maths and English week)
From the 2nd-6th March, we celebrated ME (Maths and English) week. This year’s theme was money and enterprise! Children took part in money workshops run by Natwest Bank where they understood everything from the value of coins, how to fundraise effectively, to the importance of protecting themselves against identity fraud! They then had the chance to take part in enterprising activities including making smoothies, running their own party and organising their own afternoon tea to fundraise for the school.
How have we been developing Maths learning in Northside?
Since the start of the new school year in September, we have been working hard to develop the opportunities for outside learning in the Early Years playground. We have added different enticing and exciting Maths resources including a number trail for children to recognise numbers represented in different ways. In the next couple of months, we will also be adding a sensory shape tent where Nursery, Reception and Year 1 children will be able to explore 2D and 3D shapes and their properties.
Last month, Miss Price and myself held a Maths parent workshop for the parents and carers of year 4 children. We showed parents what the new year 4 statutory times table test will comprise of and shared games and websites that children can use at home. If you missed the meeting, please visit the year 4 class page on our school website for all of the website links and information. We have also set up a box of times table games that your children can borrow from in order to practise their times table target. Please speak to either Miss Price or Mrs Slater if you wish to borrow one of these games.
At parent consultation evening, your class teacher will have shared your child’s current Maths target with you. Maths teaching changes over time following research on how children learn best. In Northside, we use lots of practical equipment (manipulatives such as Numicon, cubes, beadstrings and Dienes to help the children to understand) alongside jottings and more formal methods. We have produced short leaflets which will show you all of the current methods and techniques that we use in school to teach addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. There are also handy tips on the back of the leaflet explaining what you can do to help your child at home using household objects such as clocks, door numbers and pairs of socks! You can find an electronic copy of the leaflet on your child’s class page or alternatively, if you would like a paper copy, please speak to your child’s class teacher and we can arrange this for you.
On Monday 24th February, we held a short, informal Year 1 and 2 Maths workshop in the main hall. We demonstrated how jottings can help your child to understand the 4 operations and provided you with some materials to take home and try out for yourself with your child!
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