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Family Learning - Case Studies

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Created on 01 February 2011 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 22 February 2011 by ncetm_administrator

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Case Studies

The following case studies illustrate successful practice in family learning:

  • Take Home Toys- Parents and children at Newburn Manor Nursery School have been encouraged to take part in practical maths in their own homes and share their experiences in class through ‘Take Home Toys’ and notebooks with very positive results.
  • Parental Engagement - Parental Engagement activities in a High School in the North West have provided opportunities to reach the families where the children were struggling, and hadn’t reached level four at Key Stage Two. This has led to all of the children making progress.
  • Ocean Maths in Harrow - Harrow Local Authority, with funding from Primary London Challenge enabled a group of schools to develop and run an innovative mathematics project which is dedicated to helping children and their parents/carers work together to improve children’s mathematical development.
  • Maths is Fun Club - The deputy head tells how a primary school in the North West is successfully involving parents in mathematics, through the use of games which engage the children and promote mathematical discussion and skill development. 
  • Money Makes the World go Around- Newcastle Family Learning introduces parents, carers and family members and their reception-aged children to varied aspects of everyday finance and health relevant to their everyday requirements and challenges.
  • Puzzle Club  - A teacher's experiences of puzzle clubs which included foam based jigsaws, Tactiles, Rubix cubes, Bedlam Cubes, Impuzzables (which are smaller and easier cube puzzles), some challenging jigsaw type puzzles, and wire based puzzles where you have to twist to manoeuvre a ball around.
  • Sunderland LA Influence Hub- Five Primary Schools, led by a local authority mathematics consultant, have created a monthly themed mathematical magazine, for year groups 2 and 3, which aims to encourage mathematical talk within the home and explore alternative ways parents can play a more active role with their child’s mathematics homework. Opportunities have been planned for teachers to share practice, challenge beliefs and current research evidence regarding mathematics homework and strategies for involving parents in daily school life.
  • Do we have to stop?Maths around the kitchen table from Doncaster and Australia - A teacher relates his experience of allowing a pupil to ‘take home’ a maths task and how this evolved into a team organising tasks into kits for home lending. Each task includes a problem card, equipment and an extra ‘hint’ card for parents and reference to the web for further support.
  • This has been further developed into a three way written conversation between teachers, pupils and parents through the use of a student journal going home with the tasks. Email buddies have also been introduced; sometimes even a buddy from overseas, so that communication about problems can continue ‘after hours’.
  • Maths Around the Kitchen Table – Gillingham, Kent - An Advanced Skills Teacher in Kent has introduced ‘Mathematics around the kitchen table’ to pupils in years 6, 8 and 9. ‘Tip of the Iceberg’ tasks were chosen to encourage conversation about mathematics that could take place around the kitchen table. Parents and children worked together on mathematical challenges which are ‘hands on’, can be built and visualized. The starting point for each task is accessible by all and families are encouraged to work together, checking results, trying another way and recording comments in a workbook/mathematics journal.


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