So you do the maths!
Head teacher Wendy Pang, Miss Charlotte Fillmore and deputy head Mrs Paula High Parents became pupils for an evening as they attended a maths workshop at Great Chart Primary School.
The session held on Wednesday last week saw parents of children in years four, five and six invited to learn about the Hoxton Close school’s new way of teaching mathematics.
Teachers introduced the Make it! Draw it! Write it! approach, which is about building a mathematical problem, drawing pictures to help understanding, then record findings with signs and symbols.
Charlotte Fillmore, maths leader, said: “The workshop was aimed to demonstrate how we teach using the Make it! Draw it! Write it! model.
“We hope it will give parents the confidence to engage and support their children at home when faced with maths.
“We believe all children should become confident, mathematical thinkers and we understand that in order to create that we need to implant mathematical pictures in the children’s minds.”
Great Chart teacher Melissa Carty explains the new system’s way of working out long division
Mathematics leader Charlotte Fillmore talking to one of the parents
Year 3 teacher Rachel Bilham explains the principles to parents
Assistant head teacher Katherine Watson explains the different methods of addition
Some of the new materials used by the teachers