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Math at New Pastures
Why we need Maths
Understanding maths is hugely important as we use it in every aspect of our lives at school, work and in practical everyday activities at home and beyond. We use maths when we go shopping or plan a holiday, decide on a new home or decorate a room. Good mathematical skills are therefore essential to us as teachers and parents in helping our children learn, in order that they can make the best decisions in life.
To achieve these skills, pupils at New Pastures are provided with a variety of opportunities to develop and extend their mathematical skills in and across each phase of education. We also encourage this learning beyond the classroom and have had lots of parents asking how they can help their child at home.
Help with Maths at home
Even though things have changed considerably in primary maths lately, there are still many ways that you can help and support your child with their learning. Below we have attached some documents which give ideas on how to help your child with specific parts of their maths learning and how to help with their homework.
We have also attached 2 documents which show you how we calculate at school. Although there are numerous efficient methods for calculation, we each have our own preferences when it comes to tackling mathematical problems. The Government have now outlined the specific methods we have to teach your child and it is important that we use these in order to support the children. If you are unsure which method your child should be using at the moment, or how the method works please see your child's class teacher and they will be more than happy to guide you through it.
One of our key objectives for the year is to improve the speed and accuracy that we can all recall number facts – the more facts your child remembers, the easier it is for them to do harder calculations.
To help children to learn these facts in a fun and competitive way, pupils learning their times tables can access games on websites (find the links below). If your child is working to meet this target they will be issued with log in details from their class teacher.
http://primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/ - This is the webpage of Woodlands Junior School and provides a wide range of homework help covering all curriculum areas, including a dedicated maths page.
www.mathszone.co.uk - Home to hundreds of learning activities for primary maths.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/maths/ - BBC KS1 maths games.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/levels/zvbc87h - Primary learning resources from BBC for adults, children, parents and teachers organised by level, subject and topic.
http://www.familylearning.org.uk/online_math_games.html - This site contains lots of information and links to useful resources to explain various aspects of the UK school curriculum, and how you can help your child to learn without causing confusion.
www.sesamestreet.org - Games for the Early Years including hints and tips on related practical activities you can do with your child.
https://www.mathplayground.com/ - Math games including problem solving, games, and puzzles the entire family will enjoy.
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/ - Free interactive games organised into age bands 3-5, 5-7, 7-11 and 11-14 years old.
http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ - 84 free to use fun kids games and activities for children aged 4 – 11.
http://www.ictgames.com/resources.html - This site provides educational ICT activities linked to the English National Curriculum. These games are generally targeted at infant school teachers and parents of infant age children.
Please help us to keep up to date with the latest games available. If your child uses any other good educational maths games or websites that you feel would benefit other children, please get in touch to let us know.
Apps for Tablets
Please click here for a list of apps for ipad and tablets
Many thanks to
for reviewing these games to help us narrow down the best ones to use