********************************************************Helping your child with maths at home

Every year at Parents' Evening, we get asked the key question:

"How can I help my child with maths at home?"

Which is then followed by the worry of telling their child the wrong way to work out an answer or even being told by the child themselves that it isn't how they did it at school that day.

Above in the 'useful documents' section, you will find our updated calculation policy which goes through the way we teach maths concepts in school.

2 key things to help your child on their way to being successful at maths is:

Telling them they are great at maths

Telling them that you like maths (even if in reality you don't!)

Many parents will say, "I hated maths when I was at school" .. or .. "I wasn't/I'm not very good at maths myself."

Try not to share these negative thoughts about your own experience with maths as these can then pass onto your child. Maths lessons have evolved over the years and is taught VERY differently, with many children in Primary really enjoying their lessons.

Point out the use of maths skills in everyday life where possible:

  • Counting - playing board games
  • Measurement - baking
  • Money - paying for items at a shop, checking change, food shopping, saving/spending pocket money etc
  • Time - telling the time on analogue and digital clocks, travelling
  • Shapes - spotting shapes when out for a walk
  • Fractions - cutting cakes, sharing toys, slices of pizza

I've also included a document below with some more invaluable tips from Professor Jo Boaler about advice for parents with maths at home

Click here for 'Advice for Parents from Professor Jo Boaler document'

Below is a list of maths APPs (mainly FREE ones) which can be used to help with your child's maths skills.

Click here for a Maths APP list

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Year 4 Multiplication Tables Check

By the time children reach the end of Year 4, they are expected to know all of their multiplication tables up to 12 x 12 at a good rate of recall.

At the end of the academic year, they will be taking a statutory multiplication tables check (MTC). The purpose of the check is to determine whether pupils can fluently recall their times tables up to 12, which is essential for future success in mathematics.

It will also help us to identify pupils who may need additional support.

For more information:

2020 Information for Parents: Multiplication Tables Check (click here)

KS2 Times Table Challenge

Times Table Challenge letter (click here)

We have started up a new way of tracking children's progress in the learning of their multiplication and division facts up to 12 x 12, as is required by Year 4 in the new Primary National Curriculum.

This is an opportunity for children to learn the division facts which are the inverse of the times tables they have learned previously. 

Traditionally, times tables were learned in order; 1 x 3 = 3, 2 x 3 = 6. 

However, this is not useful for the real life application of those times tables or for completing written multiplication or division.  Therefore, children will be tested in a random order of multiplication and division facts.

See your child's tracker in their school diary to see which multiplication they are working on.

Times Table Rockstars (TTR)

TTR information for parents (click here)

https://ttrockstars.com/

We launched TTR at Coppice Farm in Autumn 2019 as a way to help children with their recall of times tables. It has had great success so far with those who have used it regularly.

An example from this year is a child in Year 4 going from answering questions up to 12x12 in 18.18 seconds per question to 0.88 seconds per question. Amazing results!

By the time your child reaches the end of Year 4, the National Curriculum specifies that they should be able to recall the multiplication tables up to and including 12x12.

From June 2020, the children in Year 4 are required to take an online multiplication tables check where they will be asked 25 questions and be expected to answer each one in under 6 seconds.

For year groups 2 - 6, each child has a log in for TTR and their teacher should have set their 'Garage' mode to the times table(s) they are working on. 

If you have any issues with logging onto TTR, please speak with your child's class teacher and they will be happy to help you.

TTR Maths Week England Rock Out 2019

Unfortunately, we didn't manage to place as a school in the competition, however, we did have our own in school winners!

1st Place: Ash class

2nd Place: Chestnut class

3rd Place: Oak class

Our 3 most valuable players in the school during the challenge enjoyed receiving their certificates and prizes in assembly!

Their scores were:

1st: 19,697

2nd: 17,678

3rd: 13,068