At Buckstone Primary School, home learning is seen as an essential part of children’s learning. It is a chance to practise skills, consolidate understanding of work covered in school and develop good work habits. However, more important than any of these, it is an opportunity for children to widen their own interests, direct their own areas of learning and develop their thirst for knowledge and love for learning.
To continue to encourage their growth mindset, we have adopted a new approach to home learning. This new approach should give children more opportunities to show their creativity and to take greater control of their own learning.
Some key areas of home learning will continue to build the foundations of all their learning. These include reading, spelling and times tables. It is vitally important that every child reads at home every day, as the ability to read underpins all that we do at school and throughout life. Basic number skills, including times tables and number facts, are also essential and need to be practised regularly. The class teachers will update the class blogs weekly this provides parents with the learning that is covered that week.
Numeracy and Math
Top tips for parents
- Be positive about maths. Try not to say things like “I can’t do maths” or “I hated maths at school” – your child may start to think like that themselves.
- Point out the maths in everyday life. Include your child in activities involving numbers and measuring, such as shopping, cooking and travelling.
- Praise your child for effort rather than for being “clever”. This shows them that by working hard they can always improve.
The following link is full of ideas, resources and activities that can help children up to 13 years old explore maths in everyday life. https://www.nationalnumeracy.org.uk/your-childs-maths
Mental agility or mental math is the process of doing mathematical calculations in your head, without the use of a calculator, abacus or even pen and paper. This is used in many walks of life outside of the classroom. For example:
- Working out the cost of sale goods when shopping. For example, if there’s a 20% off sale, you’ll know exactly how much you expect to pay. In America, mental maths also comes in useful in everyday shopping, to add things like tax which aren’t included in the tag price before you head to the till.
- Calculating a tip. If you dine out and receive a good service, chances are you’ll leave a tip. Mental maths allows you to calculate how much a 10%, 20% or more tip would be.
- Metric conversions. You don’t have to travel far to see measurement units change. In the UK we go by miles per hour, whereas in European countries it’s kilometres per hour when driving. Similarly it allows you to easily work out the difference between inches and centimetres, pounds and kilos and much more.
- Working out exchange rate. If you enjoy a summer holiday abroad, you’ll no doubt need to exchange currency to spend while you’re there. Mental maths makes it easy to work out how much value for money you’re getting, and how much currency you can expect to receive for your sterling.
There are many other places mental maths is used, probably without even thinking about it, in everyday life, such as cooking recipes, comparing values of products/services when shopping, working out a score/grade and even calculating interest due.