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|Welcome to our first edition of St. Oswald’s maths newsletter, which is designed to keep you up to date with everything that is going on in maths in our school. Remember to keep checking our school website and follow us on twitter to see photographs of all the children loving maths. If you have any questions about maths, do not hesitate to get in contact.
Mrs. McBrien (Maths Champion)
|Numeracy for Life
We are encouraging the children to think about how they use maths outside of school and in everyday life. All children in KS2 have a ‘maths passport’, where they can record ways they have used maths in the real world.
This could be with a shape, counting money in a shop, measuring and weighing when cooking, measuring the length of something, or anything else you can think of to do with maths.
We would love it if the children can take a maths selfie of them doing something maths related outside of school and bring it in where we will display the photographs. Alternatively, you could always post the photograph on our twitter @StOswaldsPriLiv
Thursday 9th February ‘Addition and Subtraction KS2 Calculation’ workshop (letter to follow)
Monday 13th February – KS1 Maths Café (letter to follow)
Monday 13TH February ‘Number Day’ -‘Dress up for Maths’ £1 donation in aid of NSPCC (letter to follow)
Each class in Nursery, Reception and KS1 has its own Maths Monkey and the children are invited to take it in turns to take him or her home with them and do some maths. Each Maths Monkey has its own diary to record what it has been up to. When it is your child’s turn to bring Maths Monkey home, please could you think of some maths they could do together and encourage your child to record it in the diary. If you could take a photo of Maths Monkey doing maths with your child, that would be great. There are lots of places to do maths – the shops, supermarket, the park, the museum – anywhere at all, as maths is everywhere.
|St. Oswald’s Times Tables Challenge
In order to raise the profile of learning times tables through the school, we have adopted a ‘Whole School Times Table Challenge’ award system, to ensure continuity across the school and to encourage the children to learn their times tables facts and to be able to recall them quickly and accurately. The challenge focuses on rewarding children when they are proficient in a number of times tables. Encourage your child to practise at home too.
Have a look on the website for details of the awards.
Mr. Crowther has written and the vocal group recorded a St. Oswald’s Times Tables CD.
Ask your child to sing their favourite times tables song to you.
National Numeracy is an independent charity established in 2012 to help raise levels of numeracy among both adults and children and to promote the importance of everyday maths skills.
This is taken from their website:
Any parents who are interested in helping out with maths in the school, whether it be helping children learn their times tables, or helping with maths events that we run in school, please do let Mrs. McBrien know. You just have to have an interest in maths and pass that enjoyment on to the children.
Last term we had parents who came in to talk to groups of children about how they use maths in their workplace. The children loved this, as they could see how the subject is relevant for their future jobs and careers. If this is something you would be interested in doing, please contact Mrs. McBrien, who is the school Maths Champion, through the school office.