Monthly Archives: September 2016

Maths update

Maths update

I thought it may be useful to parents to be informed of what we’ve been up to in Maths recently; I’ll keep an up to date record if I’m told it’s useful.

So far…

  • multiplication tables to 12 x 12
  • multiplication calculations e.g. 56 x 6 and 86 x 43 (short and long multiplication, encouraging “old fashioned” compact methods)
  • multiplication of decimals e.g. 8 x 0.6 = 4.8
  • adding, subtracting and muliplying positive and negative numbers e.g. 3 x -4 = -12, -6-4=-10, -12 + 7 = -5
  • early adding of fractions e.g. 3/8 + 7/8 = 10/8 = … and 3/4 + 2/3 = 9/12 + 8/12 = 17/12 …

In our Higher Maths classes, we’ve been learning about the nth term, e.g. in the sequence 3,7,11, 15,19,23, the nth term = 4n-1

G.C.S.E.s

G.C.S.E.s

I shall next week be contacting parents of those children attending G.C.S.E.  Maths classes to confirm whether or not they wish their child to enter the exams this summer. I am hopeful that all seventeen will want to, but only on tthe condition that they adopt the attitude that for all they will try their best, there is nothing whatsoever to worry about in this regard. Whether they score 0%, 100% or somewhere in between, working towards it can only possibly make them better at Maths than they would have been had they not tried.

And all eleven last year achieved the grade they wanted, so I do think they’ll achieve their own personal targets, which they won’t be able to resist setting themselves.

Algebra next Tuesday!

A fantastic set of children

A fantastic set of children

Several people have commented to me this month on what a fabulous set of Year Six children we have. They really are a special bunch, and I am grateful to them for their excellent behaviour in what could have been a very difficult time in the absence of one of their teachers. (Mrs Patterson will be off until half term but we hope she will be able to return straight after).

Substituting for Mrs Patterson in today’s Saturday tuition,I have to say how impressed I am with the children’s command of Maths; for this stage at school, they are at a very high standard and their enthusiasm for learning is outstanding. Seeing how far they have moved on from when I knew them in Year Three, I can see they have been very well taught in school, very well supported at home, and that they have worked very hard in school too.

Reverend Lindsay in school

Reverend Lindsay in school

Reverend Lindsay from Zion Methodist Church came into school this week to answer children’s questions in R.E. We are very grateful to her for sparing time for her busy schedule.

A trip to Zion Church is to be arranged, to allow the children to compare the styles of our two founder churches. There are differences, of course, but between the churches and indeed between the different religions, we like to accentuate the similarities and shared tenets, while still recognising and respecting the differences in emphases.