Laurel Fields, Potters Bar, Herts EN6 2BA
A Big Welcome to all of our new Nursery children starting their new adventure at Cranborne this week!
Mathematics is ‘essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment’ (National Curriculum, September 2013).
At Cranborne, we strive to enable our pupils to become life-long learners, capable of facing challenges and recognising their own learning needs and how these can be developed. A high-quality mathematics education provides excellent foundations for this, providing children with a deeper understanding of the world around them, the ability to reason, explain and justify mathematically and the capacity to learn from mistakes by reflecting on feedback and solving problems. Through carefully planned lessons and activities, we endeavor to instill a ‘sense of enjoyment and curiosity’ about mathematics in all children.
If your child is in full time education at Cranborne School (Reception class to Year 6), he or she will have been provided with a username and password for the global online maths programme, 'Mathletics'. This provides your child with access to the programme from home.
Mathletics presently helps over 3 million children around the world to enjoy and improve their maths learning. There are thousands of online activities for all ages and abilities; these are aligned with the National Curriculum. Mathletics also adds a competitive dimension to learning, allowing students to play live mental arithmetic games against other students from around the world.
Mathletics can be accessed from iPads and other android tablets. If you own an iPad, the programme is free to download as ‘Mathletics Student’ from the iTunes store. For other android tablets it can be downloaded for free from the Google Play store. The Mathletics Student programme for tablets is being continually developed but there are many activities currently available.
Please use the link at the top and make use of this excellent resource to help practise and enhance key mathematical skills in a fun and engaging way. If your child has lost or does not know their log-in please ask the class teacher to re-issue it.
The current Mathletics Cup winner is... 6G!
Each fortnight, the children’s participation in the Mathletics activities, both at home and at school, will be calculated and the class with the highest number of Mathletics participants will win the Mathletics cup. The cup will then reside in the winning classroom for the next fortnight.
Parents are a key part of the learning process, so Mathletics have created a Parent Pack which details how you can get involved. Just click on the link above to access the pack.
The Parent Pack provides materials to help you engage with your child on Mathletics, as well as instructions on how to set up a Parent Linked Account. This is totally FREE to any parent of a child with a Mathletics account and you will receive weekly updates of your child’s progress.
This year five Year 5 and five Year 6 pupils took part in the Primary Maths Challenge. The challenge involved each of the selected children, sitting a paper of 25 questions alongside many more children nationwide.
The children took the challenge in school on Wednesday 16th November. They worked their way through a range of problems, using and applying their mathematical skills and knowledge. We are incredibly proud of their efforts. The results were submitted online and some of our lucky pupils may be selected to take part in in a worldwide competition later in the year!
This week (w.c. 05.12.16) the children will receive their certificates in a whole school celebration assembly.
Congratulations on taking on the Primary Maths Challenge, Dinuk, Rory, Hau Hau, Amelia, Tahyat, Jessica, Christian, Davran, Yusef and Zoe!
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