Parents’ Talk Ballygarvan NS March 2014 4 items for discussion 1. 2. 3. 4. Homework Policy Uniform Policy Anti-Bullying Policy Review Numeracy/Maths advice for parents Homework Policy Pupils:150 pupils responded to questionnaire • 90% said homework was important • At the senior end discrepancies arising eg 3rd class taking longer to do homework than 4th • 93% of pupils have access to internet Parents:154 Parents responded 93% said homework was important and agreed on same priority areas Homework Policy continued • 93% of parents do not want homework given at weekends • 47% of parents believe homework in senior classes takes too long • 88% of pupils have access to internet Proposals following analysis of homework questionnaires • Update and Circulate Homework Policy on school website following this review (Largely unchanged) • No homework at weekends except occasionally and in exceptional circumstances, (subject to review). • Class teachers consult to make sure amount given is gradually increasing throughout the school year and the class levels. • Class teachers consult to ensure items being covered are consistent between same grades and between successive grades. • Principal will collect samples of good practice in the area of homework being given in each class at different times in the year. This will be kept on file for staff. • Principal will feedback to parents at PA Meeting Uniform Policy 62 Respondents • 97 % of respondents want a school uniform and over 90% chose the options for the school uniform that we have at present. • We will not therefore be making any alterations to the existing uniform apart from trying to source an iron-on crest. Anti-Bullying Policy Review • • • • Review has to be undertaken in all schools in this term Principal attending seminar Talk arranged for all staff, BOM and Parents on 31st March. Looking for parental input. Principal will get input from some senior pupils- ( 4th/5th and 6th) Revised policy will be available on website or from the school office on request 10 Ways to Help Your Child Learn Maths Seán Delaney Marino Institute of Education We’ve all been here….! www.seandelaney.com 1. Promote a Positive Attitude to Maths You’re doing honours maths? You must be a genius! I was never any good at maths myself Sure when do you ever use algebra in real life? Some people are just good at maths and others are not www.seandelaney.com It’s not about the test!! 2. Look at Tables Differently www.seandelaney.com Learn Related Facts Together: 6 + 7 = 13 7 + 6 = 13 13 – 7 = 6 13 – 6 = 7 www.seandelaney.com Learning Number Facts The fact table below shows the strategies that can be used with addition facts. Introducing the ConceptDeveloping the Concept www.seandelaney.com Addition Table www.seandelaney.com Hundred Square www.seandelaney.com Multiplication Table www.seandelaney.com 3. Ask Your Child to Teach You Maths 3. Ask Your Child to Teach You Maths 5–1 72 – 48 1½+3¼ 148 ÷ 7 Find 10 % of 76 Say it out loud! Talk through every step www.seandelaney.com 4. Encourage Your Child to be Independent in Maths http://blogs.psychcentral.com/always-learning/files/2010/05/math-mistakesMay-5-2010-003.jpg From Maths Lab 2007 www.seandelaney.com 5. Use Maths with your Child in Daily Life www.seandelaney.com Where in the school can a Blue Whale fit? (30m in length) 6. Display Maths Work at Home www.seandelaney.com 7. Communicate with your Child’s Teacher http://www.ncca.ie/uploadedfiles/G.5.%20Test%20results1.jpg www.seandelaney.com 7. Communicate with your Child’s Teacher http://www.ncca.ie/uploadedfiles/G.5.%20Test%20results1.jpg www.seandelaney.com Introduction to Addition Note This is the way we are doing renaming, please follow the same steps to avoid confusion. Take the sum 34 +48 Step 1 Write T and U over the sum to help. TU 34 +48 Step 2 – U always start with Units and from the bottom. 8+4 is 12 Can I have 12 units? No 2 Units go under the Units and my Ten goes up under my Tens. Start from the bottom again, 1+4 is 5, 5+3=8 TU 34 +418 82 www.seandelaney.com Here is a list of the Maths topics covered so far by pupils in second class. How many ways can you make a specific number using two numbers e.g. 6 and 4 make 10, 3 + 7 make 10 Adding both ways e.g. 2 + 6 is the same as 6 + 2 Doubles e.g. Double 34= 34 +34= 68 Drawing a sum e.g. 12-5 Addition- Sums with brackets e.g. (7+2) + 4= and add what is in brackets first Friendly numbers i.e. 2 numbers that make 10 when you add them 2d shapes e.g. circle, square. What are they called? How many sides, corners? 3d shapes e.g. cube, cylinder. How many sides, faces, corners? Estimating Rounding up and down a number to the nearest 10 e.g. 24 rounds down to 20 and 38 rounds up to 40 Skip counting e.g. 4, 8, 12 e.g. How many fingers do 8 people have, how many legs do 6 people have? Addition with and without number- line and 100 square Subtraction with and without number- line and 100 square Subtraction with renaming e.g. 65-38= Missing numbers and empty boxes e.g. 12 + = 8, -5= 12 www.seandelaney.com = 20, Place value e.g. 35 is the same as 3 tens and 5 units +5= 15, 20= 4 + , 13- Dear Parents, This week in maths we are starting a new unit on capacity. We have a capacity table in school with lots of different sized containers. Here we will compare containers using the following vocabulary: Empty, full, small, little, large, to the top, fill, how many? Holds more than, holds less than, the same as, soaks, overflows, level. At home it would be helpful if you discuss the difference between ‘empty’ and ‘full’. Emphasise that ‘full’ means ‘up to the top’. Let them experiment at the sink with various different size containers. How many little bottles will it take to fill this big bottle? etc. Some kids love making a mess! www.seandelaney.com 8. Be Realistic about Textbooks 8. Be Realistic about Textbooks www.seandelaney.com 9. Challenge a High-Achieving Child MSW Logo www.seandelaney.com www.seandelaney.com www.seandelaney.com www.seandelaney.com www.seandelaney.com Websites • Logo: http://www.softronix.com/logo.html • Geogebra: http://www.geogebra.org/cms/ • Geogebra (Primary School Version): http://www.geogebra.org/en/wiki/index.php/ Release_Notes_GeoGebra_4.0#GeoGebraPrim • Scratch: http://www.scratch.mit.edu • www.seandelaney.com 10. Play Games that Encourage Mathematical Thinking eg Ludo, Snakes and Ladders, Cards, Lego www.seandelaney.com Websites we use • www.scoilnet.ie Irish Curriculum areas • www.ncca.ie Info for parents on all curricular areas • www.topmarks.co.uk • www.coolmaths4kids.com • www.4to12maths.com • www.funforthebrain.com • “Harry’s Tables”-Fun way of learning tables through rhymes- book available in Eason’s. www.seandelaney.com What we are doing in Ballygarvan? 1. Communicating to parents about Maths language and methodologies 2. Being more consistent in approach throughout the school eg RUDE 3. Using more concrete materials 4. Practical/Real-life Maths 5. Making better use of assessments 6. NCCA leaflets and info on website:www.ncca.ie Remember!