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Why is maths so important?

On Friday, lots of parents came for a short talk about the importance of maths to children’s lives.  After the talk, parents went into classes to take part in a maths lesson with their children.  It was a great event, and we would like to thank all the parents who came for giving up their time.  For those who couldn’t come, the information has been put onto the parents’ pages that can be found on the maths tab on the website.

  

Reasoning Club

Apart from the special ‘Reasoning Club Competition’, this was the last session of the year.  The usual group was joined by some more of our Year 6 pupils, whose maths has improved so much that we felt that they really deserved a place.  They were thrilled to go and coped really well with the work.  This will have given them a great boost for their SATs tests to come.

    

Research Project

On Wednesday, Mr Lawley went with a maths tutor from Liverpool Hope University to talk to the North West Maths Hub 1 group about research that they had done on children’s learning in maths.  It is great that St Silas takes such a leading role in projects such as this.  We believe that improving teachers’ knowledge of how best to teach is the best way of improving and supporting the pupils’ in our care.  It also shows the importance that we place on learning as a life-long journey.

We are teaming up with Liverpool Hope again to do research into teaching maths at Reception level.  In addition, we are linking with Liverpool John Moores to do research on the involvement of parents in children’s learning and on using PE to improve the health, well-being and development of young children.

Maths – Reasoning Club and CPD

After a morning spent delivering CPD in Years 4 and 5, Mr Dickinson led another Reasoning Club session during the afternoon.  As usual, this was attended by a number of schools, with the work stretching the minds of the young mathematicians who took part.  Here are examples of Lucy’s work from the session.  Well done, Lucy; it looks like you did a great job!

P4C – Inter-School Debating Project

Last week, Childwall Primary School sent a group of children for an ‘open debate’ with the pupils who attend our Debating Club.  This was the second time that the schools had got together, after linking up for a trip to parliament earlier in the year.  The motion that the children discussed was whether children such as themselves should be given the use of a mobile phone.  It was lovely to see the respect between the two groups of pupils, with all the children speaking clearly and intelligently on the subject.  We’re now looking forward to having a more formal debate next half term.

A Visit from Dr Waheed Arian

We had a very special guest in school today: Dr. Waheed Arian.

Dr. Arian came to talk to pupils in Years 4-6 about how, as a teenage boy, he came to England to seek refuge on account of the war in Afghanistan.  He talked about his dream to become a doctor, what inspired this dream and the determination that led him to succeed.  He also talked about the charity that he has set up (Teleheal) – a charity that provides support and guidance to doctors in countries at war.

The visit was filmed by the BBC as they are making a documentary about the work that Dr Arian is doing.

The children were highly engaged.  They got to speak to Dr. Arian’s nephews in Afghanistan’s capital city, Kabul.  They also asked lots of really interesting questions to Dr. Arian about his life and work.

We feel privileged to have had Dr. Arian into school.  He was a great inspiration for the children, with this best summed up by something he said during his talk: “Dream big. Work hard. Be determined.”