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22/10/21

The new members of our school are checking the parking!! https://t.co/rhzkqgwYOU

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12/10/21

Retweeted From John Williams

A great opportunity to join at a very exciting time on its journey. See link below to apply or to arrange a visit (or DM for an informal chat) Would love to hear from you. https://t.co/cxdvhzgsa1

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08/10/21

Hot chocolate with the head! https://t.co/Kon5h5hla4

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06/10/21

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Nursery forest school enjoyed finding conkers, experimenting to see if they would roll, then using paint and the best conkers to make awesome pictures. https://t.co/hWEf88m5Rk

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06/10/21

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Excited that everyone is together for our Chalklands Curriculum staff meeting https://t.co/3WlEqthZnW

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01/10/21

Today’s hot chocolate with head featured a special guest https://t.co/6L3Z0wLaHI

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30/09/21

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Reception have loved making their paper plate self-portraits https://t.co/fV95CAh6dm

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24/09/21

Before the sharing afternoon, we managed to squeeze in a hot chocolate Friday with our new mugs! https://t.co/LA5wp3jGRD

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11/09/21

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Thank you so much to the parents, children and staff for using their Saturday to help prepare for our new gardening area - amazing work!! https://t.co/XPvaRhlV3i

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11/09/21

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All clear...... https://t.co/TRVmHex1kz

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11/09/21

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Thankyou to the PTA for amazing teamwork this morning, with parents and children volunteering at our working party to clear the old planting & growing area and outdoor learning area in preparation for the new gardening area. https://t.co/DVoOE4nwBx

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10/09/21

Hot Chocolate Friday!! https://t.co/eUpyxoZqw8

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08/09/21

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Wonderful to be back in singing assemblies with an emotional 🎶 https://t.co/5WvtIiLpZS

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25/06/21

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A fantastic day of high quality PD across Chalklands.Thank you to our presenters and all the amazing staff

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11/06/21

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Nursery experimented with colours in the natural world today by sticking flowers, leaves and grass to trees with sticky plastic. https://t.co/EXUkha1wfE

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11/06/21

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Well done everyone for trying!

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11/06/21

Today’s royal celebrations at Whyteleafe! https://t.co/W9uPDn1uoN

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08/06/21

Year 4 were inspired by the BFG to create their own dream jars and write about their favourite dreams and their feelings https://t.co/MZ8zDiVzRJ

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08/06/21

Thank you to our wonderful PTA for erecting our reading sheds over half term! They are amazing! https://t.co/AuNCsT7TXG

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26/05/21

Our nursery children enjoyed their outdoor learning at forest school today! https://t.co/YZON82vLC2

Maths

Mathematics is a beautiful subject which has its own place in the curriculum of Whyteleafe School. Pupils can experience a sense of awe and wonder as they solve a problem for the first time, discover a more elegant solution and make links between different areas of mathematics. 

Tiny coherent steps will be made in each lesson to develop a secure understanding. The small steps that were learnt in the previous lesson will be reviewed before moving on. Learning objectives are tight and reflect the new learning taking place in the lesson. By breaking down concepts into tiny steps, children are more likely to be secure and confident. By grouping key concepts and patterns they will be able to make connections to other areas of maths and apply their skills to a range of problems. 

Questions will be planned carefully to ensure all children can access the learning and that their knowledge is deepening. All children will be expected to understand and use accurate mathematical vocabulary when explaining their mathematical thinking. They will be expected to speak in full sentences when sharing an answer. Relevant maths vocabulary will be displayed in the classroom, on slides and in books throughout all lessons in order to support their oracy.                                                   

When new learning is introduced, ideas and activities regularly move from teacher to children and back again. Planned mini plenaries will take place during independent tasks through questioning. The teacher will move around the room, checking the understanding of all pupils throughout the lesson allowing for instant feedback and formative assessment. 

In each lesson, the children will complete fluency (know), reasoning (understand) and problem-solving tasks (apply). Children will be taught rules and patterns within areas of maths rather than just a technique to find an answer.                               

As a school, we put a high importance on improving the children's number and times table facts. By the end of Year 1, most children will know number bonds within 20. By the end of Year 4, most children will know their times tables to 12 x 12. They will be able to apply these facts confidently during maths lessons. Number facts and times tables will be taught through various activities including TT Rockstars and counting sticks. If children are secure with number facts, they will be able to focus on the concept/method/pattern rather than the number facts needed to know the answer.

Children in Year 1-6 complete a Fluency Booklet daily as homework. It is intended to give each student a chance to regularly practise their basic facts and improve their fluency. Each child answers a small number of questions each day and it is marked in class the following day. The questions in the booklet are a combination of new learning and revision of topics which were covered during the previous year/term. 

Alongside daily feedback, at the end of each unit, we assess the children’s progress against the aims for the unit.  This informs next steps and planning for subsequent lessons. Termly PIxL assessments help to identify successes and areas of development.  

By the end of Year 6, a Whyteleafe child will be fluent in their times tables to 12 x 12.  They will be able to reason about mathematics verbally and in written form using precise vocabulary.  Children will spot patterns and make connections between different areas of mathematics whilst applying this understanding to problem solving situations.

Resources:

Introduction

Times tables (as well as addition, subtraction and division facts) are the building blocks for many more complicated calculations.  If children are secure with these facts, they will not have to over complicate calculations by having to work out the number facts within them. Times Tables Rock Stars is supported by web and mobile apps and promotes the learning of times table facts.  We introduce TTRS in Year 2 and it runs through to the end of Year 6.

Goal

When it comes to times tables, speed AND accuracy are important.  Times Table Rock Stars is a fun and challenging programme designed to help students master the times tables!

To be a Times Table Rock Star you need to answer any multiplication fact up to 12×12 in less than 3 seconds! 

 

Logging in to Times Tables Rock Stars

  1. Click on: play.ttrockstars.com (or type it into your browser’s address bar).
  2. Click Login! > School > Student
  3. Enter the School Name.
  4. Enter your child’s username and password.

 

Times Tables Rock Stars App

The Times Tables Rock Stars App is available at the Apple Store and on Google Play Store.  This allows children to use Times Tables Rock Stars on mobile devices and tablets.

The app is free to download but your child will need to enter their login details to play.


Introduction

We’re using this super online resource to support our children’s maths education in Key Stage 1. The creators of Times Tables Rock Stars have produced a platform for boosting addition and subtraction skills, called NumBots.

NumBots is an online game and playing little and often will significantly improve your child’s recall and understanding of number bonds and addition and subtraction facts. These are critical foundations in maths so we are excited by the impact NumBots will have.

 

Logging In

The children have brought home a username label in their reading record. They might need some help navigating to the website (https://play.numbots.com) and entering the details but once they’re in, they just need some quiet space to get on with the games for 5 minutes.

Please ask your child’s teacher if they are struggling to login. Maths Circle (the creators of NumBots) cannot provide username and password information to parents, even during school holidays or out of hours.

 

Important

Please don’t allow siblings, friends or family to answer for them but do support your child if they’re stuck.

 

Little and often

In order to get the best out of NumBots children should regularly play for short bursts so we would ask you to give them 5 minutes each day.

 

Game Types

  1. Story Mode – the emphasis is on learning the ideas and concepts behind addition and subtraction so it features more diagrams, shapes and question styles.
  2. Challenge Mode – the emphasis is more on speed of recall of key facts, like number bonds to 10, doubling small numbers or adding & taking away in your head.

 

Numbots App

The Numbots App is available at the Apple Store and on Google Play Store.  This allows children to use Numbots on mobile devices and tablets.

The app is free to download but your child will need to enter their login details to play.

 

Other websites:

Topmarks

This site has some fun interactive games to help your child practise their times tables. ‘Hit the Button’ is a particular favourite.

www.topmarks.co.uk

 

CBeebies - Numberblocks

Numberblocks is a pre-school BBC television series aimed at introducing children to early number. Snappy animation and loveable characters combine with engaging storylines to gently introduce concepts of number to support early mathematical understanding.

www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/numberblocks

 

NRICH Maths

NRICH provides thousands of free online mathematics resources for ages 3 to 18, covering all stages of early years, primary and secondary school education. NRICH’s activities focus on developing problem solving. 

www.nrich.maths.org

 

Math Sphere

Two maths dictionaries; the first a general school dictionary. The second, a detailed maths dictionary explaining the more complex vocabulary.

www.mathsphere.co.uk

 

Maths is Fun

A maths dictionary, games and puzzles.

www.mathsisfun.com

Documents

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Key Stage One Maths Worshop 30th Nov 2020 Download
Year 4 Multiplication Check - Parent Inf... 04th Dec 2020 Download