Parental Involvement / Home Learning Opportunities


Parental Involvement

Every parent, guardian and carer can 'do their bit' to help inspire their child to develop the confidence they need to succeed in Mathematics, for example by:

- helping them practice their times tables and Key Instant Recall Facts (KIRFs).

- attending one of our Mathematics workshops to see how your child learns to approach Mathematics, picking up some tips and hopefully having some fun along the way! 

- showing your child that you like the subject, giving them the confidence they need to enjoy it too.

- going shopping, allowing your child to experience using coins, paying bills and calculating change.

- allowing your child to play Mathematics games at home. Imaginary and real life practice such as Snakes and Ladders, Monopoly, Battleships, Top Trumps really helps children to understand how to estimate measures and apply their knowledge.

- teaching your child how to tell the time for example: What time is the TV programme on? When does it finish? How long is it on for? Reading bus and train timetables. 


 
Times Tables
 
Children learning and understanding their times tables are very important, both in the classroom and the 'real' world. At Blakehill Primary School, we strive to ensure that all children know all of their times tables as well as their corresponding division facts.
 
The National Curriculum states that children should know their times tables by the end of Year 4 and in June 2021 their will be a formal 'check' of this (similar to the phonics check in Year 1). We will be helping the children in Year 4 develop their recall of these facts in a number of ways, both in school and at home! Children will be rewarded with certificates and badges for their achievements at all stages whilst there will also be fun competitions and challenges from time to time - particularly making use of TT Rockstars which all children have login details for. However, beyond this, we expect all children at Blakehill, including those in Years 5 and 6, to revise and confidently use their times tables, ready for secondary school. 
 
Expectations

Year 1 - Count in 2s, 5s, & 10s.
Year 2 - Know 2x, 5x, 10x table facts and corresponding divisions.
Year 3 - Know 3x, 4x & 8x table facts and corresponding divisions.
Year 4 - Know ALL times tables up to 12 x 12 and corresponding divisions facts.
 
 


Key Instant Recall Facts (KIRFs)
 
To help develop children’s fluency in Mathematics we ask them to learn Key Instant Recall Facts (KIRFs). The children should learn these facts so they can instantly recall the answers. This means without working out the answers, or calculating in any way. When children instantly recall a fact correctly on 3 separate occasions, it will mean they have 'Instant Recall' and the target will be achieved. Once all KIRFs in this stage have been achieved, your child will be given the next stage to work on. It is expected that each stage will take a year to master. Children will be tested every term on these facts.

 



Home Learning Opportunities
 

Below are a list of useful links and resources that will help your child master Mathematics:

 
TT Rockstars -  https://play.ttrockstars.com/
A times table practice game. Your child should already have their login details for this application. If you are experiencing any issues, please contact your child's teacher. 

Numbots -  https://play.numbots.com/ 
A number practice game. Your child should already have their login details for this application. If you are experiencing any issues, please contact your child's teacher. 

BBC KS1 Bitesize – https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zjxhfg8#
A range of fun, interactive games to support your child's learning at home. Suitable for Years 1 and 2. 

BBC KS2 Bitesize – https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z826n39
A range of fun, interactive games to support your child's learning at home. Suitable for Years 3, 4, 5 and 6. 

Woodlands Juniors - http://resources.woodlands.kent.sch.uk/maths/index.html
A range of fun, interactive games to support your child's learning at home. Suitable for all year groups.