Wagtails Maths Challenge
This year we have introduced a new maths challenge for our Wagtail children. It has been designed to develop fluency in number and to encourage the use of mental strategies to solve arithmetic problems. There are 15 challenges for the children to work through in total over the two years. We will test the children approximately twice a half term but will always do an extra test if you think your child is ready for a new challenge- just let us know.
You can see your child’s current challenge by looking in their maths challenge homework book. The challenge sheet has a few sample questions on it to show the way your child will be tested in school but they will usually need lots of practise to master a challenge. They will learn most successfully if they practise regularly for shorter periods, rather than trying everything in one go.
All children will work through the challenges at their own pace and may not complete them all. They may find some more difficult than others and may not be successful the first time. However, the mistakes they make are an important part of the learning process and children should be encouraged to persevere and their hard work will pay off!
As well as practising by writing out the number bonds or times tables that your child is working on, they may enjoy having a go at the ‘Hit the Button’ online. This is free to use (although you can buy an app too) and can be used for any of the targets. Rhymes can also help as well as looking at a number grid and colouring in the multiples of a number.