Maths at home
Our maths homework is on the website called Abacus Pupil World.
Abacus is a maths toolkit that has been written for the new primary maths curriculum. It’s been carefully crafted on a robust approach to creating inspired and confident young mathematicians.
To help children make sense of and practise their maths, Abacus provides a combination of maths games, interactive activities, pupil videos and pupil worksheets, focused around an interactive pupil world where your child can earn rewards and personalise their learning.
The Abacus homework is extremely beneficial to the children, in ensuring additional opportunities to consolidate their learning. The Abacus ‘games’ are intended to make homework fun, but we can also assure you that the activities have proven successful in ensuring that your child is continuing to learn every time they access them.In most cases, the activities will be at the end of a weekly unit of work, and will cover the same objectives that have been covered in class. From time to time, there will also be a short video clip made accessible to your child. We hope that you will also find these helpful, in explaining the current methods that your child is using.There should be a sheet folded into the back of the Reading Record, with the name of the activity and the date by which it should be completed. Please sign this record sheet in the same way that you sign the reading record. We do expect this part of your child’s homework to be completed and this will be closely monitored by class teachers.
Your child should already have received a bookmark with their log-in details.If you are without internet access at home, or have any other issues, please let your child’s teacher know. We will then ensure that your child is given opportunities to complete the activities in school.
Abacus homework sheets are never more than two sides of A4 paper, and should take no longer than 15 minutes for most children to complete.Although these are weekly, your child’s teacher may not send them home every week. They will judge whether or not the activity is appropriate for your child.Your child will always be given more than enough time to complete it and ‘hand in’ dates will also be made clear. (This will be written on the sheet by your child or an adult.)
We have said this many times at Ardron, but we really cannot stress enough the importance of children knowing their times tables (up to 12x12).We are appealing for parental support with this. Although we do regular times tables practise in school, it is simply not enough for some children and some of this must be done at home.Times tables facts come into so many different areas of maths and teacher’s find every day that the children who do not know them are usually the children who find maths more difficult, or things take them much longer to complete.Times tables are best practised ‘little and often’ and do not need any equipment!. Simply call out random, mixed times tables questions as you go about your daily activities.
There are certain times tables that children are expected to know at the end of each year group. These are as follows:
Year 1: x10
Year 2: x2, x5
Year 3: x3, x4, x8
Year 4: x6, x7, x9, x11, x12
By the end of Year 4, children are expected to know ALL times tables, up to 12x12, with related division facts.
It is important to point out that by ‘knowing all times tables facts’, we mean instant recall of times tables in mixed up order, as well as the related division facts. (For example, 5x2 = 10, 2x5 = 10, 10 divided by 5 = 2, 10 divided by 2 = 5.)