Maths Home Learning Checklist
Dear Parent / Carer,
At The Purbeck School, we know practice is essential to mastering mathematics and long term academic success. Whether working from home during lockdown or from the classroom, our Maths teachers want to go above and beyond and help our students become better mathematicians. The tasks that we set provide your child with the opportunity to become more fluent with their maths skills and practise what they have learnt in lessons.
Getting ‘stuck’ in maths can be common to even the most accomplished mathematicians. Learning how we dig ourselves out of a mathematical hole can be key to future success. Frequently, many students do ‘get it’, but are looking for the reassurance that an expert eye cast over their work can provide. Some students haven’t yet developed the confidence, independence, and self-motivation that are hallmarks of effective mathematicians. When students work from home, physically separated from classroom experts, it may be difficult to motivate them to ‘have a go’. As parents, it can be difficult to help our children mathematically, so it is worth considering what supports we can offer in the short-term to help.
In the classroom, teachers nurture and encourage independence over time. The gradual transfer of responsibility from teacher to student can take many years with modelling, scaffolding and questioning during tasks all playing a key part. Evidence suggests we should develop student’s metacognitive skills through structured reflection on their learning, and support them to plan, monitor, and evaluate their mathematical thinking.
The Education Endowment Foundation have created a check list that provides support to students and parents organise maths home learning. Whilst never perfect, this can set out explicitly our recommendations for engaging in a task. It may not solve all of our challenges, but in the absence of a teacher in the room, can help to make home learning a more efficient and reflective process.
This checklist will recreate some of the supports teachers might usually have in place in the classroom, provide some focus for busy parents, and might help more of our students to ‘have a go’ where they might otherwise have given up.
As always, if you or your child has any queries about their maths, then please do not hesitate to contact your child maths teacher.