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07/07/20

Maisie in Meerkat Class has created this fantastic Great Barrier Reef picture. https://t.co/5AkmfeGJi9

07/07/20

Class Dojo is a brilliant way for us to connect, look how much our school has connected this week! https://t.co/8s1FmaAW9G

07/07/20

Jack in Alpaca Class has written about dogs invading his home which is linked to their text. https://t.co/CUzxA4Xnw3

07/07/20

Isla with a picture of her sporting hero, Glenn Morris. https://t.co/shoNqdhgJo

07/07/20

Daisy in Year 1 has measured herself against the tallest man in the world! https://t.co/tSYPhF6sxN

07/07/20

Freya in Alpaca Class has drawn a brilliant Giant. https://t.co/QcXlJbWSV3

06/07/20

Megan in Meerkat Class has created this fantastic painting! https://t.co/dwNUYTeAts

03/07/20

Well done to all of our Learners of the Week! https://t.co/dQBE4fKGOV

03/07/20

This week Owl class have been completing lots of work focused on 'Human Giants'. They followed instructions on how to draw a giant and used this to complete a description. Here are a few of the drawings and pieces of writing from Rohan, Finan and Aisha. https://t.co/JIjTqdbZgJ

03/07/20

Lion Class have been enjoying Sports Week. https://t.co/f1GjGCrc8D

02/07/20

Year 6 love their leavers hoodies! https://t.co/Yu1TiRyuBj

02/07/20

Jack in Alapca class has been producing wonderful home learning, well done! https://t.co/hCW7gFSm7d

02/07/20

500 Words: Black Lives Matter - 500 Words is the world’s largest story-writing competition for kids. Please follow the link for more information on how to get involved. https://t.co/N1jbs2DQtW

01/07/20

Minion Class have been comparing measurements, they found that the giraffe was taller than the steps but shorter than the school! https://t.co/enFjGDI3Vg

01/07/20

Clara and Lois enjoyed taking part ion Clock Jump this week. https://t.co/SdbtS59z7L

01/07/20

Minion Class have been painting African Silhouettes. https://t.co/0rdC3VAiZt

01/07/20

The children have been enjoying Virtual Sports Week, this is our Target Throw! https://t.co/82FGqewmAX

01/07/20

Noah in Reception has been measuring using standard and non standard units, he made a 36cm length. https://t.co/7VNvoowkfW

01/07/20

Sienna in Tiger Class has made her own version of snakes and ladders as her maths board game. https://t.co/8vTKfR0smN

01/07/20

Kento in Tiger Class has made a wonderful space themed maths game. https://t.co/RQzrG6vhvK

01/07/20

Finley and Reeva have been crabbing at the beach. https://t.co/eswVUbGgy7

30/06/20

We hope that you like our staff well being area as much as do 😀 https://t.co/V69zwtLDbA

30/06/20

Please see the Salus activity time table for children ages 8 and above. https://t.co/cijHEe0eRC

30/06/20

Wow, look how much we are connecting on Class Dojo! https://t.co/YNPnsW1JCA

30/06/20

Pupils in Wallaby class have enjoyed making sun catchers for our classroom and for home but where has the sun gone?! https://t.co/HszWiSKqM0

26/06/20

Well done to all of our Learners of the Week! https://t.co/0Uc1lCc41F

26/06/20

Happy Birthday to Isabel in Tiger Class and Kamal in Alpaca Class, we hope you have a fantastic day! https://t.co/iuAAwVjyjF

25/06/20

Follow the link below to watch Storytime with Nick; films of well-loved stories read by Nick Cannon, a trained actor and teacher and a wonderful storyteller. There are 20 fabulous stories available for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. https://t.co/UEJRHm7Ezn

24/06/20

Part Two of Muheebah's short film. https://t.co/xBEEfxX3jE

24/06/20

Muheebah in Year 6 has created the sort film, click below to watch Part One, Part two is on the next tweet! https://t.co/zc3VJrAnXL

23/06/20

Year 6 created this amazing spoon animation, click on the link below to take a look! https://t.co/FvD9lCir9C

23/06/20

Harry in Year 6 has created this great Stop Motion Video, well done! https://t.co/SQ4lhfoi9A

23/06/20

Look at this amazing nature picture by Lily-Ann in Meerkat Class for well-being. https://t.co/pXAdyPtzaU

23/06/20

Wow, Look how we came together on Class Dojo last week! https://t.co/3JN7cRnibx

23/06/20

Ria in Meerkat Class has created a stunning flower from found materials, for well-being! https://t.co/nVl3w9JJs9

23/06/20

Rubie in Meerkat Class has made a marvellous model of an elephant. https://t.co/lbPgZJAzej

22/06/20

Last week Year 4 were asked to write a poem based on the title 'Wings'. This is Teddy performing his poem. https://t.co/xKysEGjcH0

22/06/20

Happy Birthday to Blossom in Tiger Class and Megan in Meerkat Class, we hope you have a fantastic day! https://t.co/Np120ASFfU

19/06/20

Well done to all of our Learners of the Week! https://t.co/AjRV1gIKcL

19/06/20

Happy Birthday to Jasmine in Penguin Class who is celebrating her birthday this weekend. We hope you have a fantastic day! https://t.co/jFTgfOa2wA

Maths

At Valley Invicta Primary School at Holborough Lakes, we want every pupil to develop a love of Maths. We aim to develop a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject and provide a programme for progression where pupils are stimulated and challenged.

We have high expectations for every child. Teaching for mastery in Maths is essentially the expectation that all pupils will gain a deep understanding of the maths they are learning. For understanding in Maths to be secure, learning needs to be built on solid foundations.

A mastery approach to the curriculum means pupils spend longer on fewer key mathematical concepts whilst working at greater depth. Long term gaps in learning are prevented through speedy teacher intervention and those children who grasp the concepts more quickly are given opportunities to deepen their knowledge and improve their reasoning skills rather than accelerating on to new curriculum content.

Problem solving is central and opportunities are given for pupils to calculate with confidence, ensuring an understanding of why it works so that pupils understand what they are doing rather than just learning to repeat routines without grasping what is happening. It is vital that pupils are able to apply their knowledge and skills to solve mathematical puzzles and problems, as well as explain their thinking and methods clearly. 

Pupils are encouraged to learn key number facts, such as, number bonds and multiplication facts from very early on in their education as this provides a solid foundation to build upon.

Ultimately, we want to guide our pupils to become independent and confident mathematicians, with the skills to achieve and continue their success in education and beyond.

Maths curriculum intent, implementation and impact

The intent of our Mathematics curriculum is to deliver a curriculum which is accessible to all and that will maximise the outcomes for every child so that they know more, remember more and understand more. As a result of this they will:

  • Make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems.
  • Be able to apply their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects.
  • Realise that mathematics has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems.
  • Know that it is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment.
  • Understand the world, have the ability to reason mathematically.
  • Have an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.

Intent, Implementation and Impact - full table of information

Teaching Sequence in Maths (and Assessment)

Progression in Skills - Maths

Progression in Vocabulary - Maths

MyMaths

All pupils at Valley Invicta Primary School at Holborough Lakes have been registered on the MyMaths website. This should help them to develop their mathematical understanding, give them opportunities to practice independently and enable you to see how they are progressing. Teachers are using MyMaths in class, therefore, pupils should feel confident in navigating the website and working through lessons.

Click here for a link to the MyMaths website.

 

Times Tables

All Year 4 children will have their multiplication skills formally tested in the summer term of Year 4 from 2020. We explain the multiplication check latest developments.

Times tables test / multiplication tables check: the basics

Primary-school children are expected to know all their times tables up to 12x12. Under the current National Curriculum, children are supposed to know their times tables by the end of Year 4, but they are not formally tested on them other than through multiplication questions in the Year 6 maths SATs.

Why a new test?

The DfE says that the check is part of a new focus on mastering numeracy, giving children the skills and knowledge they need for secondary school and beyond. The purpose of the MTC is to determine whether Y4 pupils can recall their multiplication tables fluently (being able to answer times tables questions accurately and quickly, without having to work out the answers).

Announcing the tests in 2017, the then education secretary Justine Greening said, 'A good primary education lays the foundations for success at secondary school and beyond. This year’s (2017) Key Stage 2 results showed our curriculum reforms are starting to raise standards and it is vital we have an assessment system that supports that.' 

Which children will sit the multiplication check?

The times tables test will be introduced in English schools only. It will be taken by children in Year 4, in the summer term (during a three-week period in June; schools will decide which day to administer the check).

In June 2019 the multiplication check will be voluntary (schools will be able to decide whether to administer it or not). In June 2020 it will become compulsory for all English maintained schoolsspecial schools and academies(including free schools).

Children with special educational needs will be provided for when taking the MTC.

How will children be tested?

Children will be tested using an on-screen check (on a computer or a tablet), where they will have to answer multiplication questions against the clock.

This will be the first time that the DfE has used computerised tests in primary schools. Calculators and wall displays that could provide children with answers will be removed from the room the MTC is taking place in.

The test will last no longer than 5 minutes and is similar to other tests already used by primary schools. Their answers will be marked instantly.

Children will have 6 seconds to answer each question in a series of 25. Each question will be worth one mark and be presented to the child in this format:

n1 x n2 = ____ 

Questions will be selected from the 121 number facts that make up the multiplication tables from 2 to 12, with a particular focus on the 6, 7, 8, 9 and 12 times tables as they are considered to be the most challenging. Each question will only appear once in any 25-question series, and children won't be asked to answer reversals of a question as part of the check (so if they've already answered 3 x 4 they won't be asked about 4 x 3).

Once the child has inputted their answer on the computer / device they are using, there will be a three-second pause before the next question appears. Children will be given the opportunity to practise answering questions in this format before the official check begins.

The six-second time limit per question has been decided on by the DfE because it should allow children enough time to demonstrate their recall of times tables without giving them the time to work out the answers to each question.

How will the multiplication tables check results be reported?

Pupils' individual results will be made available to schools, and the Department for Education will report national results to track how they change over time. 

It's unlikely that children will be told their individual score, but once the Check is statutory (from June 2020) schools will be required to report the results to parents or carers.

School-level results won't be made publicly available or be used in league / performance tables.

What if a child doesn't do well in the multiplication check?

There will be no "pass mark" (expected standard threshold) and no child will "fail" the test. Multiplication factswill be the only things tested (there will be no testing of children's knowledge of division facts or problem-solving in the check).

The DfE says the purpose of the check is to help teachers identify which children are falling behind and target areas where they’re not being given a chance to succeed.

How can you help your child practise their times tables?

Because the National Curriculum for maths is so extensive, there is an expectation that parents will help their children learn their times tables at home and not rely on schools to bring them up to speed.

Some of the techniques you can use include:

  • Practising times tables by rote.
  • Asking your child multiplication questions out of order – such as ‘What’s 11x12? What’s 5x6?’
  • Asking your child the related division facts: ‘What’s 8/4? What’s 9/6?’
  • Using arrays to help your child memorise times tables – you can use fun objects like Smarties or Lego bricks to make it more entertaining.
  • Giving your child word problems to test their skills, like ‘If Peter has 800ml of orange juice and needs to share it between four friends, how much can they each have?’
  • Using apps and games like TheSchoolRun’s multiplication games to build speed.

Free times tables resources and advice for primary-school parents

For information, worksheets, games, eBooks and learning packs to help you support your child in learning their times tables go to the Times Tables learning hub.

Specific tips for each multiplication table:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks2numeracy-multiplication.html

https://www.purplemash.com/#tab/pm-home/maths/printable_resources_maths_tables

Multiplication tables check - a guide for parents