At Bentley West School we teach maths using a variety of strategies to ensure that our children make excellent progress. Studies have shown that children learn best through a 'hands on' approach. So most maths lessons begin with practical activities, using a variety of maths equipment. Eventually moving on to the more abstract maths such as: using all 4 operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) written calculations, algebra and so on.
During our maths lessons we try to use IT to support learning as much as possible. We have subscribed to two specific maths only websites, My Maths and Mathsframe, we also subscribe to Espresso. This is a site where we can explore all areas of the curriculum as well as maths.
My Maths can be accessed on the left of this page. All children have a general log-in to this site and a personal My Portal log-in. Here children will be set homework by their teacher from time to time and can play maths games.
Helping your child at home.
Places where you can find help and activities to play with your child can be found on these sites:
NRICH - http://nrich.maths.org/frontpage
Transom - http://www.transum.org/Software/
Maths frame - http://mathsframe.co.uk
We use an online learning platform knows as Times Tables Rock Stars (you may have heard your children talking about it). Times Table Rock Stars is a fun and challenging programme designed to help students master the times tables! To be a Times Table Rock Star you need to answer any multiplication fact up to 12×12 in less than 3 seconds!
The documents below will better explain how times tables rockstars works and will guide you through accessing the resource at home, your children should know their login details but please do contact us if you require any further assistance.
All children are expected to know their times tables to 12 x 12 by the end of Year 4. This is a National Curriculum statutory requirement. Help your child learn these at home by chanting times tables and playing games. Ideas for activities can be found here: