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Maths4Life

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As a school, we're excited to announce that we have started to use Times Tables Rock Stars! This programme will help our children learn, grow in confidence and achieve greater results in their times tables. Your child now has 24 hour access through a unique username and password to this resource, this will mean that your child can work at their own pace; anywhere, anytime but they can also compete against their peers if they wish to.

 

You can assess the resource by entering http://ttrockstars.com/login/  into your web browser and clicking on the log in button situated in the toolbar at the top of the screen. If you have a tablet, iPad or SmartPhone you can download the TTRockStars app from the app store and follow the direction on screen to log in.

 

If you have any difficulties logging in or questions about TT Rock Stars in general, please contact the school (not Times Tables Rock Stars themselves) during normal school hours.

 

 

Rock and roll!

Star Dash Studios

 

Try this new maths game app from National Numeracy - the runner game that improves your maths while exploring the world of film.

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Maths Quote of the Month (October):

'Not everything that counts can be counted. Not everything that can be counted counts.' Albert Einstein.

 

As a school we proudly take part in the ‘Liverpool Counts' scheme with the aim of promoting Numeracy/Mathematics across Liverpool as a city.

 

Liverpool Counts aims are to raise the profile of Numeracy/Mathematics, to:

  • change the culture of thinking around Numeracy/mathematics
  • make real-life connections
  • understand how Numeracy/mathematics can affect life choices
  • make connections with other subjects
  • share and celebrate the enjoyment of Numeracy/mathematics

 

Primary and secondary schools all across Liverpool are taking part and we are one of them!

 

For us, taking part in this scheme and being awarded the GOLD Standard for our achievements, has been a great opportunity to shout about all the brilliant things we are already doing in the subject of Maths. 

Maths door challenges

 

Here are some recent ones - have a go...

Watch out for the following events happening through this academic year!!

Why Maths is important

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Maths Week 21st - 25th November 

 

Maths week this year had the topic focus of 'Maths4Life', thinking specifically about how the maths we learn in school relates to what we do outside of school and when we grow up in the world of work. To help us do this, we had some of our fantastic parents and local businesses come into school to join us for a job fayre, showing our children how they use maths as an architect, a sound technician, a doctor, a cafe owner (Wigwam), an independent business (Lady Lavender Tea), within the HM Revenue and as a photography hobbyist. The children saw maths brought to life and in a real life context, this caused great interest and enthusiasm amongst children and adult alike.

The impact of this has been bigger then we had hoped, one year 6 boy commented that he now understood  why maths is important in school, 'I need maths when I'm older for when I go to work'.

 

Other exciting things that took place this week:  each class had a Maths games session with another class in a different key stage (e.g. Year 1 worked with year 5) as well as this they also discussion some philosophical thinking for example 'what would happen if there was no number 6?' or 'what would happen if there was no time?'

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Happy Birthday Sir Isaac Newton!

4th January

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Have a look at the PowerPoint below to find out more about his life and his important discoveries!

Happy PI day everyone!

14th March

 

We celebrated PI in style with maths assemblies, lessons to investigate what PI is and artwork to represent the number.

Cross-curricular Maths

Look at the use of maths in our P.E. lessons as well as drama.

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We are a Mathematics Mastery partner school, you can find out more information about what this means for our school on the 'About us' tab, under curriculum or click here.

Top tips for parents and families:

 

  • Be positive about maths. Don’t say things like “I can’t do maths” or “I hated maths at school”; your child might start to think like that themselves.
  • Point out the maths in everyday life. Include your child in activities involving maths such as using money, cooking and travelling.
  • Praise your child for effort rather than talent – this shows them that by working hard they can always improve.

 

The Numeracy Challenge

Background to the National Numeracy Challenge, a drive to reduce the number of adults in the UK with low levels of numeracy by over 1 million in the next five years. Watch the video then find out more at https://www.nationalnumeracy.org.uk/nnchallenge

Websites and apps we recommend for use at home:

 

Mad4Maths

 

This website includes lots of fun and interactive games for your children to play as well as a guide for parents supporting you with the following:

  • Key learning objectives for each year;
  • How calculation is taught;
  • How teaching has changed – the new order of learning.

 

http://www.mad4maths.com/

 

Others

 

Why not encourage your child to complete the following maths problems:

 

BBC Bitesize Maths  http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/maths/ or http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/maths/
Top Marks http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/counting
Doorway online http://www.doorwayonline.org.uk/
ICT Games http://www.ictgames.com/resources.html

Family Toolkit http://www.familymathstoolkit.org.uk/

Some other ideas can be found on http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/parentzone/learningathome/supportingnumeracy/index.asp

 

APPS

 

The week ahead: New Food for Thought meals in school, School Book Fair in the Hall after school all week, Parents Evenings on Wednesday, School Discos on Thursday and INSET day on Friday!
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