Targeted maths intervention at Acacias
Support for maths is also provided through small group interventions lead by teachers and teaching assistants to try to accelerate progress and enable children to catch up with their peers.
Our aim at Acacias is to support children who are having difficulty with maths; to help them overcome misconceptions and gain confidence and foster a love of number activities.
It is important for children to use correct mathematical vocabulary and have an understanding of what these terms mean. Being able to explain what they are doing will help your child to understand the maths in more depth and it will help them to apply their understanding, when tackling word problems and reasoning.
Below is a link to an online dictionary which provides definitions and resources which aid understanding of these terms.
Mrs Bradley-Byrne is a trained Numbers Count Teacher. Numbers Count is an intensive intervention for learners in Years 1 to 6 who have the greatest difficulties with mathematics. It is delivered by a specially trained teacher who also supports other staff in school.
Two programmes are available at Acacias:
If you have any queries, please speak to Mrs Bradley-Byrne.
Advice and ideas for parents supporting their children with maths at home
It is most important that you talk & listen to your child about their work in maths. It will help your child if they explain their maths to you.
Below are some useful Web links that should help you support your child’s
100 square: http://www.primarygames.co.uk/pg2/splat/splatsq100.html
Number line: http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/multiplication-square
100 squares are a really useful resource when teaching early number. Amongst other things they can help:-
1. Gain an understanding of place value from 1-100.
2. Counting on or back in ones by moving along the rows.
3. Adding or subtracting 10 by going up or down the columns.
4. To find lots of number patterns.
5. Investigate how even and odd numbers are situated in the square.
6. Show how multiples of different numbers are arranged.
Top tips – Fluency
Within the new Maths curriculum there is now a big emphasis on developing fluency in mathematics. This means children need to be able to recall basic number facts using mental strategies.
They can do this by learning certain calculations off by heart, such as pairs that make 5, 9 or 10, double number facts or multiplication facts. However, for many children it can be quite a challenge to memorise all of this.
* Addition and subtraction facts
Whilst it is helpful for children to learn some facts off by heart, others can be ‘derived’ or worked out, by using known facts, for example:
If you know 3 + 7 = 10, it follows 7 + 3 = 10 or 30 + 70 = 100.
Encourage your child to practise adding and subtracting single digits, always looking for any patterns:
If 5 – 3 = 2, then 5 – 2 = 3.
Help your child to learn all of the pairs which total 10 and the related subtraction facts.
0 + 10 = 10 10 – 0 = 10
1 + 9 = 10 10 – 9 = 1
2 + 8 = 10 10 – 8 = 2
3 + 7 = 10 10 – 7 = 3
4 + 6 = 10 10 – 6 = 4
5 + 5 = 10 10 – 5 = 5
* Doubling and halving ( x2/÷2)
Can your child double numbers from at least 1 to 10?
Make links with the related halving/division fact:
I know double 7 is 14, therefore 14 halved is 7
* Multiplication & division.
The expectation is for children to recall multiplication facts and their related division facts to 12 x 12 by the end of year 4.
A good way to do this is to think of Fact Families, and learn the division facts alongside the multiplication facts.
E.g. 4 x 6 = 24, 6 x 4 = 24, 24 ÷ 4 = 6. 24 ÷ 6 = 4
If your child can’t recall all the multiplication facts encourage them to use the facts they know and then count back or on in multiples of the number:
e.g. to solve 7 x 4, find 5 x 4 = 20 and then count on two more 4s or to solve 3 x 9, find 3 x 10 and subtract 3
Any time you can spend helping your child with their maths or discussing their learning is hugely beneficial. The more opportunities that children have to practise maths, the easier it becomes. These opportunities could come about through homework, when demonstrating to you what they have learned in class or even during ordinary everyday situations.
There are a large number of helpful websites which can help your child with their maths.
Some suggestions are below: