MATHS AT WHITE ROCK SCHOOL
At White Rock we love to have fun with our Maths learning! Everyday we experience our Maths learning through problem solving, which enables us to apply our Maths knowledge and understanding to real life situations. We have a real focus on Mathematical thinking and reasoning, using models and images to help us.
Maths Calculation & Problem Solving Workshop
During our most recent Maths workshop in January parents and children had the opportunity to discuss the strategies and methods that your children use for the four operations in Maths (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). The Maths team offered clear explanations of how we use problem solving activities to support your child’s Maths thinking. They also had the opportunity to take part in Maths activities across a variety of workshops. Below is the powerpoint that was shared during the evening and if you would like a Maths information pack please ask your child's class teacher.
'I'm happy with what's in place and have the confidence to come and speak to the teachers if I need to' Year 5 parent.
'The meeting was really useful and the handout, useful game suggestions too' Year 1 parent
'Very useful and informative, thank you' Year 1 parent
'Great handouts & presentation. Very useful evening, thank you for putting on such an informative evening. Year 1 parent
During the Summer term, three of our teachers were lucky enough to observe a Maths teacher, from Shanghai, teaching at another local primary school. We were privileged to be a part of this initiative and have shared lots of ideas with other members of staff to adapt and use as part of our Maths teaching and learning at White Rock. In Shanghai, they place a high emphasis on children being able to talk and explain what the numbers in the calculation represent, ensuring a deeper understanding of the concepts behind the Maths and not just the procedure, which will then lead to mastery. We will keep you posted with more news on this as we develop it for the children at White Rock.
We have recently purchased a set of Numicon for every class in the school. It is important that children have the opportunity to experience Maths using different apparatus and, as a school, we are developing how we use Numicon with all children, to enable them to understand many concepts of the number system. For example, Numicon enables children to find number bonds and build numbers on top of others to see the different combinations. Numicon is also a great resource for demonstrating odd and even numbers and explaining why two odd numbers, added together, will always equal an even number.
We have recently invested in Mathletics for every pupils from Year 1 through to Year 6. Maths home learning is set weekly on this website and the children can practise their maths skills on here and earn points. During assembly on a Monday children are awarded a certificate for being the 'Mathlete of the week' in their class and there are Gold, Silver and Bronze medals for the top scorers awarded weekly too. So keep playing on those Maths games ......
Some comments about Mathletics by parents:
It seems to be excellent and relevant to their learning so far with the added bonus of having a competitive edge to encourage them to use it. (seeing their friends online and beating their scores etc.) The reward of receiving an actual certificate at assembly is brilliant also as children can feel direct pride in what they have accomplished at any level. There is no nagging involved for completion of homework in this manner - Ever!!!! Just a shame there isn't similar options for literacy!! We thought MyMaths was good but this is possibly better due to the competition and rewards. Thank you.
Mathletics has proved better in my opinion than my maths. The reward structure in terms of gold bars and certificates motivated my daughter to stay on it for 2 hours! The only reason she didn't access it more was due to our busy lives in that time frame. Please bring it back!
Up until 3 weeks ago my daughter HATED maths. I couldn't believe that I was having to nag her to get off this website!! She loves it! she has struggled since year one, yet in three weeks she has nailed rounding and column addition and subtraction and she ENJOYS (!) the timed challenges. Mathematics has worked wonders! PLEASE sign up for it and I promise to join wraps and make cakes ;)
Our Parent Workshops in December
Thank you to all the parents who attended either the EYFS/KS1 or KS2 Parent Workshops for Maths. We hope that those of you who attended are now clearer in the progression of the four rules and how you can help your children at home with their Maths learning. Hopefully, we will be able to do more of these in the future.
Please see the documents below of the Powerpoint slides that were used at the workshops.
Our Maths Learning Walls
Every class in the school has a Maths Learning Wall. These Learning Walls represent the current learning that is taking place in that classroom and demonstrates the learning journey the children are experiencing. These walls have been invaluable in helping the children to understand the processes they go through when learning new concepts in Maths.