Sutton Valence Primary School, North Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 3HT, United Kingdom
"The constant quest for knowledge, learning and adventure..."
Please find some information below regarding our new mental maths initiative.
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Knowing the multiplication facts allows you to access many areas of maths more confidently and readily. At Sutton Valance we have made multiplication a real focus so children can instantly recall their times tables facts.
We will be doing this by bringing in daily multiplication activities where the children will achieve a daily score. The activity could be focused on one particular times table or may contain a mixture. Your class teacher will inform you of the multiplication facts your children are learning.
The children's score will become their 'beat it!' score and it is their personal goal to beat their own score. This might happen the next day or in a week but as soon as they beat their score their challenge is to beat their new high score. All activities will be marked out of 19.
The aim for this will be for the children to compete against themselves to improve their own multiplication knowledge.
Please practise the multiplication facts with your children at home. Being able to count in multiples e.g.. 3,6,9 etc. is great but they also need to be able to recall facts. 3 x 3 is 9, 7 x 3 is 21. The faster they can recall these the easier other areas of maths will become and the greater advantage they will have when the activity is timed!
What multiplication facts should my child know?
Year 2 - 2, 5 and 10
Year 3 - 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10
Year 4 - all multiplication facts to 12
Year 5 - all multiplication facts to 12
Year 6 - all multiplication facts to 12
If your class teacher decides your child is a whizz at multiplication facts and consistently scoring highly they may incorporate division facts.
If 4 x 5 = 20 then 20 ÷ 5 = 4.
Your class teacher will inform of you of these when the time comes.
For extra support on learning the times tables have a look at you tube. It is full of catchy songs. Or try the links below.
How can I help my child at home?
Class teachers usually provide parents with information on what they can do to help with Maths at home, through newsletters or on the class webpage.
In addition, parents can help with Maths by:
• Overseeing homework
• Cooking with your child- weigh out/ measure ingredients, looking at the scales on measuring equipment
• Playing games with your child such as snakes and ladders, Yahtzee, cards, monopoly etc.
Helping your child to learn:
• Number bonds (addition and subtraction facts for numbers to 10, then for 20 and 100)
• Multiplication and division facts (by the end of Year 4, children should know all of their x tables)
• The names of 2D and 3D shapes and their properties – what shapes can you find in and around your house?
• Facts about measures – how many grams make a kilogram, metres make a kilometre, millilitres make a litre?
http://www.ictgames.com/resources.html (For the infants)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/maths/ (For Year 1 and 2)
http://www.maths-games.org/ (For the juniors)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/maths/ (For the juniors)