Class 14 have had their thinking hats on today. The hats have helped them to analyse texts from different points of view and practice using meaningful language for effect. Considering this is the first time class 14 have tried on the hats, they came up with some amazing ideas and worked fantastically in groups to collaborate and develop their ideas.
Times tables are a fundamental part of children being confident mathematicians. These calculations will form the basis of much of what they learn in maths right up to (and even beyond) their GCSE courses, such as division, algebra and fractions. The skills also filter beyond maths – and can be particularly useful in sciences, but most of all are useful in daily life.
Once children become fluent in times tables facts, they will begin to gain confidence in other areas of maths; they will see patterns and gain a deeper understanding of fractions, division and ratio to name a few.
At Green Top, we encourage children to develop their knowledge of times tables facts in different ways. We also recommend Times Tables Rockstars to further develop and consolidate their knowledge of the facts. All children have their own unique password and username which can be used at home as well as in school. Please contact your child’s classroom teacher for more information about this.
Please click on the link below to see how times tables support our children in their maths arithmetic paper.
Passports have been given out this week for Children’s University and many of the children have heard about how the scheme will operate. This is now a fully funded activity scheme which will result in full graduations during the Summer term with transport provided as part of it. Further information can be found here. You can add out of school clubs your children are part of to the learning destinations by letting your child’s class teacher or the office know that the club need adding.
Another change under the new management of Children’s University is that all children in F2-Y6 who are able to graduate will be invited to the graduation ceremony held at the hub in Doncaster.
If you have any questions please ask your child’s class teacher who will find out your answer if they can’t respond directly.
It has been brought to my attention that there is a worrying video currently being shown at the end of YouTube videos which are aimed at children. Upon further investigation, this has been covered in the national news today also. The messages given out during these videos challenge children to do inappropriate and dangerous things but also not to tell an adult or ‘Momo’ -a scary looking character- will ‘get them’.
This is obviously a huge concern and we will be discussing e-safety tomorrow in our daily circles in all classes, however, please also safeguard your children when they are using YouTube and other social media apps by discussing actions to take if something pops up they are worried about or feel is inappropriate.
Further advice on how to restrict searches on YouTube can be found here
However, please be aware that some of the inappropriate messages have been embedded into child friendly videos in this case and therefore even safe searches may bring this concerning message up.