Do the materials reflect what is learned in school?
Yes. Putting together many years of classroom experience, our authors have devised materials using methods they know work, and which are closely linked to White Rose Maths – a scheme used by many primary schools nationwide. The materials follow-on in a logical order to build on skills unit-by-unit and year-by-year. Each of our units generally follows White Rose ‘blocks’ so you can rest assured that the work you do at home will reflect what they are also doing in school.
Each unit contains several Learning Guides, each of which provides ‘I can’ statements derived from National Curriculum objectives.
Will the resources help my child in their SATs?
There is no doubt that additional support and practice will help your child make progress in their maths. While debate continues to rage about the need for, and use of, SATs at the end of Year 2 (until 2023) and at the end of Year 6, there is also the fact that many schools use SATs results for grouping children at Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3. Our maths materials provide the opportunity for learners to develop the knowledge skills and understanding to become proficient in the aspects of maths tested in the SATs tests. For free samples of SATs papers, visit our resources page.
Will Arrow-Ed maths materials help my child with their times tables test?
Yes. Multiplication is an intrinsic part of the National Curriculum and working through our materials will support the development of understanding of multiplication tables, in turn helping your child with weekly ‘tables’ tests at school and the national multiplication tables check which many Year 4 pupils will sit in 2019 and which becomes compulsory from 2020. Arrow-Ed will also be publishing separate multiplication materials in the near future. Follow us on Facebook to be alerted to the release of these and other materials.
How long should be spent on each unit?
This varies depending on the unit and the learner. It is important to work at a pace that suits the learner. There should be sufficient challenge in each spread to keep them engaged for a recommended 3-4, 20-30 minute sessions per week, supplemented by the ‘daily practice’ for a a few 5-10 minute sessions per week. At Arrow-Ed, we know this is not always possible (and sometimes impossible). The real key is regular sessions, be it a couple of half hour sessions with an adult per week, or an hour or so with a tutor. Working this way, each unit should generally be covered over 2-4 weeks.
How will I know the learner is confident?
You will have a good idea of this from working through each Learning Guide.
Confidence in answering the questions on the reverse of each Learning Guide is subjective. While the questions should neither be seen nor used as a ‘test’ they can indicate how much of the concepts the learner has grasped. When the learner is working through the questions, sit with them and ask them to explain how how and why they are arriving at the answers they do. This is essential in understanding how confident they really are, and any misconceptions they still have.
Once the questions have been answered, the adult and learner can decide how confident the learner was in answering them and indicate this on the Learning Guide via the three emojis that follow each set of questions.
I’m a tutor. How can the materials help me?
The materials will allow you to work through units with children at a pace tailored to their needs. Using your experience you will be able to see from the materials and the child’s response when to move on, and when to recap.
If you’re tutoring a child from an unfamiliar year group, no problem – our maths resources contain everything you need to meet their needs, and don’t forget to access our free maths resources and take a look at our essential maths resources too.
I’m a teacher. Can I use Arrow-Ed maths resources in the classroom?
Indeed – but as with all resources, use your judgement. While our units do not represent formal planning, they provide a sufficient overview and ideas to use in conjunction with whatever scheme of work you use, or to guide you through if your school does not follow a scheme. You will certainly find the Learning Information and the questions very useful for each unit too (and we do supply the answers). Each unit sits between White Rose Maths and the lesson planning many schools demand. Our units have been used to bridge the gap between the excellent White Rose materials, and weekly planning.
You’ll also find our free maths resources can save you a lot of time.
When are KS1 and KS2 maths materials available?
Our first units are available from 21st August 2018. As we establish ourselves in the home learning sector, our materials will become available in time for when most children are likely to be studying them in school. Generally speaking, throughout the Autumn Term 2018, each unit will be available at the latest 2-3 weeks before children will encounter them in the classroom. Spring Term units will be available by mid-December 2018 and Summer Term units will be available by March 2019.
We do not recommend getting too far ahead. The materials are designed to support the learning children are doing in the classroom rather than being a race to see who can complete them first. A steady pace is more likely to help the learner retain and be able to apply their learning. Just as teachers use White Rose Maths flexibly, depending on the learners in their class, so you should use our materials at a pace which challenges but supports the learner you are working with.
Are the materials re-usable?
Yes, once you have downloaded them they are yours to keep. Until such a time as the National Curriculum changes (there are currently no plans for this), they will remain current (and even with curriculum changes the majority of the materials will still be relevant). Our free maths resources can also be used as often as you like.