It was great to see so many of you tonight at our first Year 6 Maths SATs workshop after school. Thank you for giving up your time to come into our classroom and taking part in tackling a good chunk of the questions that appear on the arithmetic paper. It was a whistle-stop tour of all the key areas of Maths that the children need to calculate mentally with on the Arithmetic paper (multiplying and dividing using formal methods, efficient strategies for adding and subtracting, accuracy with calculating with decimals and of course, those delightful fractions!) but it was brilliant to see the children working alongside you as the experts, showing you how we’re learning to calculate efficiently in Year 6. To watch them confidently modelling the steps involved in the calculations to you under the visualiser or explaining why we can’t simplify a fraction anymore was the icing on the cake for me. They are working so hard in school to understand what this Maths means and master a way of calculating which works most efficiently for them – I’m so proud that you were able to see this tonight.
I forgot to mention that Mathletics is the best place to go to consolidate much of this learning. There are a great range of tasks to work on with these areas of Maths and I’m sure you’ve heard of ‘Hit the Button’ by now! Mrs Stapleton introduced the children to this last year and it’s brilliant for working on recalling key number facts. As those times tables facts are crucial for the children to calculate with fractions and multiplication of large numbers in Year 6, this is a great way of practicing those skills.
If you missed tonight’s session, there is still a Spelling and Grammar for Writing workhop taking place next Tuesday, 27th February, 3.30pm – 4.30pm. Based on the response today, I will probably run another round of these sessions after the Easter holiday.
Thanks again for coming!
p.s There’s still time tomorrow for someone else in Kingfishers to snatch the title of ‘mistake-of-the-week’ from Jaz’s mum and me!