Helping at Home
Providing support to your child's learning at home can be really valuable in reinforcing what they have learnt at school. Many of you may be worried that you will teach your children the 'wrong' way of calculating because the strategies we use today are in many cases different and slightly alien to those that many of you were taught at school. We strongly believe that the best thing that parents and carers can do for children is to have a positive attitude towards maths. It might be that teaching methods or the ways that you solve a problem are different but numbers haven't changed; it's just we might use different way of doing things!
At World's End we aim to provide you with lots of useful tips and information for supporting your child's learning in maths. We have included various ideas and suggestions for maths activities that you can enjoy doing with your child in the world away from school. It is not an exhaustive list and you will doubtless have many more ideas of your own.
We provide lots of opportunities for children to practise their maths skills at home. Every child from Reception will be given a login for Mathletics which is a engaging online mathematics program and children in Years One and Two will also be offered a variety of maths games that they borrow from our maths game library.
Please also remember to check out the explanatory videos for some of the strategies that we teach under the calculations tab.
Each Year we invite parents in for INSPIRE workshops. These help you to the understand how maths is taught in the class that your child is in as well as the expectations for the year band. You also get to work alongside your child doing lots of fun activities that you can continue to do at home.
Our Mission to the Milky Way
Key Instant Recall Facts are those pieces of mathematical knowledge such as number bonds or doubles that we want children to know off by heart. They need to be constantly practiced and rehearsed at home as well as school - in order for children to be able to recall them quickly, confidently and accurately. The demands of the New Primary National Curriculum ensures that we now place greater emphasis on improving the fluency of children’s mathematical
understanding. Regular practice of mental maths helps children to learn these number facts which are the essential building blocks of calculating. Learning these key facts enables children to concentrate on the calculation which helps them to develop calculation strategies.
At World's End the maths key instant recall facts takes the form of a space journey beginning with the Launch Pad and ending with the Milky Way. When your child has learned all the facts off by heart then they will receive a certificate and the next set of KIRF’s will be sent home. From September 2020 in addition to the ‘Maths Mission to the Milky Way’ we now have the times tables space journeys which the children will start to learn in Year 2. When your child has learned all the facts off by heart they will receive a certificate. The system is about a rigorous and systematic approach to making sure that ALL children have good instant recall. The aim is not to race to the finishing line as quickly as possible; instead we want the children to retain all of the key facts which have been taught and for them to recall them accurately and quickly.
We do hope that you enjoy learning these with your child and thank you once again for your continuing support. It really does make a difference to your child.
Order for the Mission to the Milky way
Beyond the Milky Way
Space Wanderer (10 times tables)
Space Adventurer (five times tables)
Space Explorer (two times tables)