During the afternoon on Friday 2nd October parents were invited into school for a fun Maths Workshop to learn about the WCPS ‘Progression in Calculation’.
Parents were given the opportunity to view (and play with) the resources typically used in Maths lessons at school, such as hundred squares, number lines, place value cards and counting apparatus.
We discussed the vast vocabulary involved when interpreting mathematical problems. For example, the ‘+’ symbol can be interpreted as ‘add’, ‘more’, ‘altogether’, ‘total’, ‘sum’, ‘increase’, ‘plus’ and there are still ‘many’ others! Strategies for the four operations (+, - , ×, ÷) were explained and parents had the chance to try out some examples for themselves on whiteboards. We also played some of the games we use in class to learn our number facts.
Following the workshop, many parents commented how much they enjoyed the hands-on, practical and interactive nature of the workshop and how useful it was to find out how the boys are taught calculation in school. One of the parents mentioned that the workshop “gave a clear example of what the boys will be doing in their classes and what methods they are using.”
It was great to see so many parents enthusiastically tackling the different mathematical tasks thrown at them and having lots of fun talking about Maths.
If any parents were unable to attend the workshop and would like a copy of the handouts that were provided, please contact the School Office.