We recently held a series of Maths Workshops for parents. Teachers from all of the classes from Year 1 to 6 took parents through the range of methods we use in school to help the children learn to understand numbers, and how to add, subtract, multiply and divide.
In feedback questionnaires completed after the workshops, 96% of parents described the workshops as ‘Very useful’. 96% also described the booklet of calculation methods (given out at the meetings as ‘Very useful’. Written comments included;
I found the workshops helpful and informative and feel this will enable me to help at home more.
…very useful for parents as it’s different to how I learnt.
Really great – thank you to the teachers for giving up their time.
Very useful to learn the language that is used in the classroom.
Fabulous – just what we needed- thank you.
The teachers really impressed me with their knowledge and ability to explain a method unfamiliar to me.
The booklet ‘Progression in Calculation Policy’ from the workshops is available below. Later this term, all classes will be holding Maths Open Afternoons at which you will be able to see some of the work the children have recently been working on in Maths lessons. This will take place on Wednesday 22nd November 2017 between 2.15 and 3.15. Please come if you can.
To meet the raised expectations for 2014 National Curriculum, including the introduction of 'Computing' to replace ICT and increased learning expectations, we have subscribed to the Hertfordshire for Learning curriculum to support our teachers to ensure that assessment, planning and outcomes are in line with the 2014 National Curriculum requirements. We have ensured that our staff members have received the appropriate training, for example: Grammar, to ensure that subject knowledge is updated and secure to meet these increased learning expectations.
You can find out more about the changes in these two National Curriculum 2014 videos:
In EYFS, we use the Hertfordshire book banding scheme incorporating a range of text from differing genres including: Oxford Reading Tree. Once the children reach a specific level of comprehension, they then move onto the Accelerated Reader programme.
Accelerated Reader:- 'A child reads a book, takes an online quiz, and gets immediate feedback. Children respond to regular feedback and are motivated to make progress with their reading skills. A comprehensive set of reports reveals how much a student has been reading, at what level of complexity, and how well they have understood what they have read. Vocabulary growth and literacy skills are also measured, giving teachers insight into how well students have responded to reading schemes and class instruction.'
The class teacher will then use this information alongside Guided Reading teacher assessments and 'The Salford' reading and comprehension tests to make an informed assessment of the child's reading skills and level.
We have a wide range of books across the whole school including: Oxford Reading Tree and Code breakers and all our reading scheme books link with the Accelerated Reader 'Reading age zones'. We also borrow books from the Grange SpLD base for specific learners with SEN. We are firm believers in reading for enjoyment and the children are encouraged to read their own preference books.
Handwriting and presentation is a key priority across the whole school.
We use the Cambridgeshire Penpals handwriting scheme across every year group. This is a simple, joined font without a leading line.
We use the long term planning suggestions from Hertfordshire for Learning to inform our Literacy genres and grammar skills taught in each term across the year groups.
We use the Domain planning suggestions from Hertfordshire for Learning to inform our mathematics units of work and problem solving skills taught in each term across the year groups.