Homework offers an excellent opportunity for consolidating new learning made in class, but what happens when the exhillaration and brilliant illumination of new learning made in class fades to murky semi-remebered bogginess when negotiating the sometimes rocky terrain of maths tasks at home?
I have for many years been fascinated by how children can appear to have grasped something in class, demonstrated profficiency, and then become completely lost when trying to repeat their success at home, or the next day. It's a well known phenomenon, which Vygotsky described as a zone of proximal development. I think it shows just how important it is for children to have the time to process new learning with independent practise. I can almost see the raised eyebrows in Prep V, who quized me on this topic when I had my interview. No, I'm not advocating a text book approach, I want dynamic, collaborative learning too, but text books do have something to offer, and we'd be foolish to discard them entirely.
CGP have been producing their revision guides for yonks, and are well known and liked for their colourful coverage of the mathematics curriculum. They have recently launched an 11+ preparation series, including study guides (with notes for parents), practice papers and tests. They are currently offering a 25% launch discount and 15% off the essential pack = £17.21. Also worth considering is the Important Bits, which at £2 per copy has useful summaries of the main topics covered in national curriculum. We will shortly have display copies in the School Office which you may wish to inspect if you are considering purchasing them from CGP.
Although ostensibly aimed at preparation for 11+ tests, the CGP resources offer a valuable resource for parents to dip into when working with their children at home. The study guides provide clear explanations of how to approach a wide range of question. There is even a pull-out Parent's Guide with additional guidance! CGP also produce an excellent dvd called Maths Tutor, which might be of interest to Roselyon's mathematicians of more advanced years!