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Maths Certificates

Maths home learning for Year 1 and 2 children (and Reception from Easter) consists of a succession of certificates for them  to work towards achieving.
the certificates cover a range of skills, knowledge and understanding, such as identifying odd and even numbers, learning times tables, recognising 3D shapes, counting backwards from 100, adding ten onto any two digit number, and so on...

Certificates are only awarded if the child can apply their learning in practical contexts -it's not just about reciting by rote!

Answers to FAQs:
  • Maths certificates were introduced from Sept 2011 as a more effective way to provide home learning activities than previously.
  • Certificates are effective because they are tailored to the individual child who can take as long as s/he needs to master the skill.
  • Certificates are not necessarily linked directly to what is being taught in the class at the time. It might be an area which assessment in previous lessons has shown a child needing some consolidation, or an over-arching skill such as writing numerals correctly.
  • The order in which certificates are given out is not linear. Maths covers many areas (addition, odds and evens, ordering numbers, understanding halves/doubles, multiplication…) and each child will have differing areas for development, or may miss out some certificates altogether if their skills are already sound in that area
  • There should always be a certificate going between school and home, so if you have returned one and not received a replacement, it is worth checking in with the teacher after a few days because sometimes these do go astray, or get tucked inside reading books in the bookbag, and so on. Your child needs to hand the certificate to a class adult, not rely on someone ‘frisking’ the bookbag.
  • Because children come up to me to get their ‘Congratulations’ version of the certificates, on occasion if I am having a very busy week, this may cause a delay in turning these around. I will do my best to minimise this!
  • Occasionally, I will return a certificate for a little more practice. The idea is that these are mental maths skills so fingers should not be used! I have talked to the children in assembly about this, about how we all learn different things at different times and rates, and about how it’s not the end of the world.
If you need any more information, please come and talk...
                                          Kate W
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