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Thank you to all the children who have signed up to take part in the £5 challenge this year. So far a staggering 69 children have signed up for this event

(almost half of the school!)


The dates for this years challenge are as follows: 

Children who sign up for the challenge will receive their £5 on Friday 3rd March.


The £5 challenge fair will be on Friday 17th March at 2pm. 


All monies raised (including the original £5) will be due back at school by Thursday 30th March. 


As previous years there will be prizes for the children in each year group who raise the most money and an overall winner for the child with the most creative idea. 


More details will follow about the £5 challenge fair. This will take part on Friday 17th March at 2pm. This event is an opportunity for the children to sell what they have been making to the other children, staff and parents. The event is open to all and we hope to see as many parents as possible smiley


On Tuesday 7th March year 3 will be spending the day at Plaistow Hill, taking part in a Maths Olympics day. Back at school years 4 and 5 will be spending the day taking on maths challenges of their own. The children really enjoyed the Maths Olympics day held at our school last year and I am sure they will have just as much fun this year. Watch this space for photos of both events no


To help our children to achieve all they can in maths we are now following an approach called Visual Maths.
"Visual Maths™ is an extremely effective and successful approach to the teaching and learning of Mathematics.
It has consistently increased pupils’ understanding, achievement and attainment. Pupils have a greater confidence, are more self-motivated and see themselves as successful learners."

Visual Maths follows a set of pathways for place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and fractions with the children working their way along the pathways, gaining confidence and knowledge as they do. 
These pathways form our calculation policy.

The visual maths launch morning that took place in November was a great success. We had over 60 parents. Thank you to all who attended. 

This was followed up by four Parent workshops, held here and at Plaistow Hill. These were also very well attended and the parents left feeling confident to be able to support their children at home with their Numeracy.

Another round of parent work shops will go ahead, here at St Budeaux Foundation early in the Summer Term for anybody who was unable to attend last time.  

As well as supporting your children with reading and writing at home, it is extremely valuable to them if you are able to also practise their maths.

To enable you to do this we are now able to take orders for our new 'maths at home' pack.
This pack contains: laminated place value cards, a white board pen, a white board rubber and 50 small multi link cubes. All in a handy plastic zip wallet. The packs are priced at £4.00 each.
To order a pack please contact the school office. 

Below are some useful documents which you can download.  They will give you more information about the maths we do in school and what you can do to help at home. There are also some links to useful websites which provide some extra information and ideas, as well as games you can play online.
As always, if you have any particular questions about how you can help your child with maths which aren't answered here you are always welcome to speak to your child's teacher.