St Helena : PILLING PRIMARY SCHOOL MATHS WORKSHOP
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 26.10.2013 (Article Archived on 23.11.2013)
“Useful and informative, good to learn about the different strategies”, “Knowing what my child is learning about and how we can help him at home”, “Learning about the strategies used - different to what we are used to”, “The enthusiasm of the teachers” -
PRIMARY SCHOOL MATHS WORKSHOP
“Useful and informative,
good to learn about the different strategies”, “Knowing what my child is
learning about and how we can help him at home”, “Learning about the strategies
used - different to what we are used to”, “The enthusiasm of the teachers” - were just
a few of the comments from parents when asked what they enjoyed at the Maths
Workshop held at Pilling Primary School on Tuesday, 1 October 2013.
With just over 30 parents in
attendance, the workshop was led by Mrs Carol Youde and was the result of
enquiries from some parents who found they did not always understand the Maths
strategies their children were doing in their homework exercises.
The aim of the workshop was:
To make parents aware of the
different methods/ strategies taught in each year group for addition, subtraction,
multiplication and division, and, To show parents how they could give support
with Maths at home.
The evening started with a fun but
stimulating, group ‘Number Challenge’ activity. All groups were under pressure
to score the most points in only a few minutes. Competition was fierce and
there was much laughter, with a few rather surprising but questionable Maths
skills coming through.
Parents then moved into the
different year groups, where Class Teachers and Teacher Assistants demonstrated
methods/strategies of the four basic rules of number for their specific year
group. Parents were shown the practical activities that were linked to the
written methods so that children would have a better understanding as to why
they were doing the different strategies. Children are taught various
strategies for each rule of number so that they have a choice and can then use
the strategy that they are most confident with.
The evening was rounded off with a
discussion and examples on the fact that ‘Maths is Everywhere.’ Parents were
encouraged to use the many opportunities to teach and reinforce Maths with