Parent Maths Evening: June 2015

PDF booklet: how you can help at home By Strategy Stage.

Questions from the survey before the evening that may not have been answered fully:

If I help my child out at home by teaching them how I learnt, will they get it "wrong" at school? It may prove confusing for children if they are being shown a method/strategy that they are not ready for in terms of their understanding or strategy stage. You are better to ask them how they would solve a problem and how they might record that on paper if they are able. Children need a very strong base of knowledge before they will have an understanding of concepts such as vertical addition/subtraction.

Key learning outcomes for Number at each year level Children work in groups based on their level of strategy. This means there is not a hard and fast "rule" but you could check the expected outcomes for the end of each year according to the National Standards.The families site on NZ maths is also a good place to look.

Whether there is extra help offered for those students not meeting the required standard. Students are identified through assessment as to whether they need additional support. We use programmes such as Numicon ( as well as grouping students who are working at the same strategy stage to ensure they are being supported at the correct level. They also may work in a small group with a teacher aide.

Understand what level of maths teaching undertaken, the assessment process, and the expected levels for children based on age (understand its a guide). This webpage provides a good oversight of what is delivered at each level. This is dependent on needs however as an average year group has around a 7 year spread in ability! Who/on what basis are Mathletics levels changed? By teacher in combination with students aptitude in class? Teachers are able to monitor and change the level that students are working at and receive reports on how children are doing. You are able to monitor your child's progress as well go to to register for a weekly report. Teachers group children according to need on Mathletics and set tasks accordingly. Children should be scoring between 60-80% on their first try at an activity and then repeat it for consolidation. We are looking at inviting a representative from Mathletics along to an evening meeting to discuss how the system works in more detail. How and in what frequency are basic facts taught and tested in class? Basic Facts are tested with a powerpoint that runs through the different levels of Basic Facts on the Ladder. To get an idea of how this is structured have a look at which will give you an idea of what to expect at each level. We test on a fortnightly basis and practise sheets should come home then. The older students should know what stage they are on, so if they haven't got a sheet go on to useful links on our Ultranet page.

goals set for the age of child and progress within the classroom.

How can I support my children at home and how to effectively link with what teachers are doing in class. The Basic Facts Ladder provides a guided progression of number knowledge that ensure students are working on practicing more than just the times table and addition and subtraction bonds. is an online site that allows children to practice at their level. Mathletics offers students a chance to work through maths activities at their level and to achieve success. The Home-School Partnership is an excellent program,me that has lots of games and activities to try at home equipment such as blank dice required are available at toy stores. Mathletics provides a great way of supporting what is happening in school.

How to enthuse my child about numbers, maths and its relevance to every day life. Make it a game. Show your child how much maths we do at home; checking the time, shopping, cooking, looking at timetables. The list is endless. Play quick fire games, 5+3 is ? 5 x 9 = How and which method you use for addition, multiplication, subtraction and dividing, so we can all talk the same language and not confuse the kids with different methods Look at the NZmaths website; see links above. Have a look at our powerpoint which shows, and names many of the strategies for each of the domains or talk to your child's teacher.

Parent Maths Evening September 2012

Many thanks to those of you who attended the Information Evening on the 27th September 
Below is the presentation that was used on the night together with the links that we showed
on the 10th slide.