Thank you to all those parents who attended the workshop last Thursday. I’m glad so many of you found it useful. I have adapted the slides slightly and attached them here for anyone who wanted them. Maths parents workshop blog version
A few parents had general questions which I hope to address here
- We have mixed ability grouping here at Rosendale as many schools do. Alongside this we use cooperative learning as this provides the structure to enable all children to be engaged and make progress. Kagan cooperative learning is used in many schools nationally and internationally and we have just become a Kagan Model School. There is a wealth of research that shows the impact of cooperative learning on attainment.
- We know that just asking children to ‘work together’ would not be successful. Teachers structure pair and team work so all children participate and benefit. As a staff we have regular training sessions on this key area of teaching and learning.
- We constantly discuss and help pupils work with their partner. Modelling supporting, questioning, social skills etc. We find that the children are very keen to support each other and become expert ‘coaches’.
- In our metacognition lessons all pupils get the opportunity to learn a new skill at which they will struggle at first, such as origami or juggling. This means we can discuss with all children how it feels to be struggling. They can then be supportive if a partner needs help and know that we all find learning things hard at times.
- We do have some children who have additional educational needs which means they may receive additional or specialist support in some areas. The class teacher will make you aware of any support your child is receiving.
- As the year goes on we will be having an increased focus on times tables so do check here or on the class blogs for more information.