Mathematics

THIS MONTHS MATHEMATICS FOCUS . . . . . . ESTIMATING!

Estimating is one of the most useful maths skills we can acquire. It relates to all sorts of different areas of maths – measure, handling data, handling money, time, space, shape, number operations.  It allows us to make judgements about how much time, money, food, paint etc. we will need. If you are good at estimating it is a skill that you use on a daily basis in adult life – it saves time and sometimes money.

One of the best things about estimating is that we use our mathematical reasoning.  There are often several ways to come to an answer, none of which is wrong.  When a student comes up with an answer, we can ask them to explain, in words, their thought-process/reasoning.  It encourages problem solving. 

Importantly, estimating allows us to check to see if our calculated answers are reasonable.

To find out more, watch the following videos with your child. They are only a few minutes long and give a great explanation of estimating:

Learning to Estimate

Learning to Estimate 2

WHAT MATHEMATICS DO CHILDREN LEARN AT PRIMARY SCHOOL?
 
Please find above a downloadable version of the Primary National Curriculum for Mathematics.
 
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Below are downloadable child friendly language target sheets for every year group. These overviews provide really clear goals for the key aspects of mathematics we focus on children mastering each year.
USEFUL WEBSITES FOR HELPING YOUR CHILD IN MATHEMATICS
 
 
 
 
Khan Academy (free sign up)
 
Load to Learn (free sign up)