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Hi everyone,


Just a couple of notes on the maths for this week (4th May):


White Rose appear to have started to charge a subscription fee for their maths worksheets. Whilst you will still be able to access the videos, unfortunately, for this week you will not be able to access the worksheets. However, the school are going to pay for this subscription fee, so, as soon as that's set up, you will be able to access the worksheets again.


For Friday's lesson, I have provided a link to Twinkl where there are resource packs available to support the multiplication work this week. (Remember, you can sign up to Twinkl in order to access all of their resources for free during this period.) You could use this material to support your child's learning of written multiplication during the week, not just on the Friday. (They also have resources to support the division lessons too but I don't want to overload you!)


I anticipate that, as adults, you may well have been taught different methods for multiplication and division at school and the White Rose/ Twinkl methods may seem unfamiliar to you. What I would suggest for now is to stick to the methods suggested by White Rose. If your child is really struggling with these methods (I have actually introduced them before in school but this can be a tricky area for children), then, rather than introducing them to a different method, which may hamper their confusion, I would take a break from it. Focus on revising multiplication and division facts up to 12x12, or take a look back at the Year 3 White Rose videos. I totally understand the pressure and stress you must feel not to let your child 'fall behind', but I can assure you that one of the most damaging things for their future success at maths is for their confidence to be knocked. I promise you that we will be able to pick up the pieces when we get back to school and that the best thing you can do for them at home is just to keep their brains (and bodies) active with activities that are suitable for them (which may mean looking at resources from previous year groups).


On that note, I would really like to take the opportunity to thank you very much for your support with your child's learning and the incredible adaptability you are showing by adding the title of 'teacher' to your ever-growing inventory of skills as a parent. As always, please don't hesitate to contact me if there is anything more that I can do to support you.


Finally, I know that it is meant to be a bank holiday on Friday so please don't feel under any pressure to continue home-schooling on this day. However, I have included Friday on the timetable above to provide you with continued structure and routine, should you find that useful.