|Newsletter 22 January 2020|
The book of nature is written in the language of mathematics – Galileo
“Without mathematics, there’s nothing you can do. Everything around you is mathematics. Everything around you is numbers.” – Shakuntala Devi
Exciting things are happening at Hall Meadow in mathematics this year. In Iris and Demeter class, the children are developing their ‘number sense’. The in-depth focus on each number ensures that children are developing their fluidity and flexibility with numbers and what numbers mean as well as an ability to perform mental maths.
In the subsequent year groups our focus is on ‘mastery’ in mathematics. A concept is deemed mastered when children can represent it in multiple ways, can communicate solutions using mathematical language and can independently apply the concept to new problems. Mathematical problem solving is at the heart of our approach to give pupils a richer and deeper learning experience. Reasoning, the way pupils speak and write about mathematics, is also a central feature. Children explain their maths in full sentences using accurate mathematical vocabulary. They are able to say not just what the answer is, but how they know it is right.
In maths we want all the children to have a ‘growth mindset’. We want all children to believe that their ability in maths is not fixed, that they can all improve and that effort leads to success. We do not want them to have a ‘fixed mindset’ – “some people are good at maths and I’m not.” How can you help with this?
The Times Table Marathon
Knowledge of multiplication tables is integral to success in maths and the expectation is that all children should know the facts up to 12 x 12 by the end of year 4. In year 3 and 4 we are introducing our ‘Times Tables Marathon’. Each week the children will be tested on a ‘mile’ – this is a series of questions that are based on a particular times table or tables. To move on to the next ‘mile’ the children must score full marks. We will send home the ‘mile’ if children do not get 100% so that they can continue to work on those questions. We would like to say a big ‘Thank you’ to Havelock Schools for sharing this resource with us.
One of our main focusses for computing in school is that of online Safety (or e-safety). This is about safeguarding, specifically in regards to the use of technology and the behaviours that children display when using that technology. We do not want children to stop using technology, instead we want all children to embrace it and to enjoy it but safely and responsibly and with respect for others.
The NSPCC have an online safety section with some very useful information:
Net Aware – a guide to the social networks that children use. There is also a newsletter that you can sign up for.
The NCC safety officer sends out regular tweet about online safety. Find him on Twitter as:
NCC Online Safety Officer
The link below will take you to the latest addition of the online safety magazine, DITTO. This is produced for adults by Alan Mackenzie (esafety-adviser)
Internetmatters.org is a website packed with resources for parents and helpful guides that are broken down by age groups.
Northamptonshire County Council Website has an online safety web page which contains a very helpful family agreement that can be used to set boundaries for technology use in the home.
On the 26th October Mr Palmer and I had the honour of representing Hall Meadow Primary School at the Kettering Sports Awards where we were nominated for Sports School of the year. Although we did not win we had a fantastic evening and it was amazing to see all the sporting talent, volunteers and opportunities that are in our local area. It was also good to see a number of former Hall Meadow pupils!
Mr Palmer and I would like to say a massive thank you for the nomination. We will endeavour to continue to provide as many sporting opportunities as we can and thank you for your on-going support with this.
Parents in School
Please note that for security and safeguarding reasons we ask that parents do not enter the school during the drop off time in the morning. If you have a message for the teacher please wait at the classroom door or ask the office to pass on a message.
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