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Supporting your child with English and Maths

Maths Support

What does Maths at Corpus Christi look like?      (Click on the image to zoom in)

Here are a range of videos from the White Rose Maths Hub with TV presenter, teacher and parent Michael Underwood entitled Maths with Michael to help support your child’s learning. We are aware that many of our parents feel that maths has changed and that it’s sometimes difficult to keep up to date with the current teaching methods. Hopefully the short parent videos will give you more insight into what your children are learning in their maths lessons.

Click here to take you to the website where you will find the following short videos.

Videos include short ‘how to’ guides in the following areas:

*Place Value

*Subtraction

*Multiplication

*Division

*Fractions

*Algebra

 

There are also a number of websites that you can access to support your understanding of the concepts children are learning in school.

*National Numeracy Parent Toolkit has a wealth of tips and advice for parents.

http://www.nnparenttoolkit.org.uk/

*Maths for Mums and Dads explains some of the milestones children make between the ages of 3-and-11 years old.

http://www.maths4mumsanddads.co.uk/index.php

*Nrich offers a range of maths games, problems and articles on all areas of maths.

http://nrich.maths.org/frontpage

 

Here is a handy guide to what you could be asking your children when out and about:

Out and About Maths-For parents

Making maths fun and interactive: A list of apps to make maths fun!

Parents Guide to Maths Apps

Useful Links

Here are some useful websites and apps your child might enjoying using to support them in their learning:

 

English Support

We are aware that as parents, you may want more information regarding the current ‘SPAG’ requirements in the National Curriculum. Hopefully the information below will give you an insight into SPAG at Corpus Christi and what is expected of your children.

Firstly, SPAG is an abbreviation for spelling, punctuation and grammar. 

 

 

SPAG support for parents

If you need help with some of the SPAG terminology that we use in school, please look at our SPAG guide for parents below.  It explains some of the terms and phrases that the children need to be confident with under the National Curriculum in each year group. It shows what SPAG is introduced in each class. Each year group will cover their own SPAG objectives, as well as revise all previous SPAG terminology from previous classes to ensure the children are confident at recognising and using all of the features required.

Grammar at Corpus Christi

If you would still like additional help after reading this guide, please look at this fun, interactive Oxford Owl SPAG guide.  

https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/at-school/education-glossary/grammar-literacy-glossary-a-c/ 

 

National Curriculum SPAG expectations 

Children are expected to learn grammar to a fairy high level. In order for your child to reach the required level of knowledge, we teach SPAG as a stand-alone lesson each week.  We then provide carefully planned opportunities in English lessons for children to use and demonstrate their SPAG knowledge. In addition, children in KS2 also have a SPAG activity for homework each week, this will help consolidate the learning which has taken place in class. 

Children in Year 2 and Year 6 take a SPAG test as part of their SATs tests. Please see the examples of a Year 2 Grammar test and a Year 6 Grammar test to see the required standard. 

Year 6 Grammar Paper

Year 2 Grammar Paper

 

Helpful revision 

Search for ‘Mr Thorne does Grammar’ on YouTube for some great explanations of key SPAG vocabulary.  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL522041719A1949D4  

‘Grammarsaurus’ also have some brilliant videos linked to SPAG which are great for revision. They are catchy songs and can help to remember tricky concepts such as modal verbs, past and progressive tense, relative clauses and much more. https://www.youtube.com/c/Grammarsaurus