Letter to Years 7-11 parents – Hegarty maths
Thursday 17th September 2020
We are delighted to have our students back with us in school. This year, to assist their virtual learning in Mathematics we have subscribed to an interactive online platform, Hegarty Maths. All students have received their login details during lessons and they will need the internet to access www.hegartymaths.com.
Weekly tasks will consist of topics currently taught in lessons as well as topics for revision. Each student has a Virtual Learning Hegarty Maths Exercise Book to make notes as they follow the video, copy examples, and show their working out for the quiz questions. Please ensure your child brings this exercise book to their Maths lesson at the start of every week for teachers to check.
All students should have completed their first week of homework tasks on this. If they have not, their teacher will have made contact to inform you. Teachers will continue to make contact if work is incomplete. There is a guide from Hegarty Maths overleaf in how you can support your children in their Maths virtual learning.
To encourage all students, classes will receive rewards for their average quiz scores and for being recognised as a ‘model class’. Individuals will also receive rewards for their personal efforts and achievements. Winners will be announced on the school website and social media. We hope this platform will be an enjoyable addition to their learning and success in Maths.
In cases of isolation, work will be set via Hegarty Maths and students are able to message their teachers through this for help if they need. All students will have an ‘I Can – Checklist’ in their class books listing key objectives for each half term with matching Hegarty video numbers. Students are able to revisit and consolidate their learning using this in preparation for assessments.
Thank you for your support in helping us to achieve success with your children.
Mr L. Smith
Head of Mathematics
8 things parents could do to ensure hegartymaths transforms their child’s maths home learning
|1||Each week ask about your child’s homework. Ask them when it must be handed in, what clip number and topic it is, and when they plan to complete the homework. Try to encourage your child to complete the homework well before the due date.|
|2||As the homework is online, it’s good to be in the room to ensure they are not getting distracted by other online activities. Furthermore, as it’s a written homework, your child will need a table or flat surface to copy their notes.|
|3||Students will need a pen for all working, note-taking and a green pen for marking, a pencil and ruler for drawing all diagrams. Many lessons also require a scientific calculator.|
|4||Encourage your child to work in the right way. Please always check your child has carried out their homework following the three requirements below which will have been modelled and encouraged by their teacher:
Always watch the video and take notes of all examples provided
Always write each question down and show all their workings
Always mark each question, make corrections, and write their score at the end.
|5||Each week ensure you sign-off your child’s maths homework in their planner to say you have viewed it, believe they spent 30 mins to 1 hour on it, and they have completed the 3 key expectations above.|
|6||Encourage your child not to give up. If they are making mistakes tell them that it is ok and normal. As long as your child is working in the correct way (watching the video, taking notes, writing their workings and self-correcting) then praise them for their hard work and application. Try not to focus on their score as this can demotivate them. If you praise their effort and tell them they will eventually improve if they keep working in this way, they will be happy and want to do their weekly homework.|
|7||Reassure your child if they are not understanding the work. If they are getting frustrated watching the video, watch it with them and try to help them understand. Also, look below the video to their building blocks. Redoing these lessons will help your child plug any gaps in their prior learning needed for the current homework. Encourage them to click the ‘Get Help’ button when they get stuck as well as this will show a video clip.|
|8||Help them do extra work or get ahead. Before learning new topics, encourage your child to do three things:
Fix lessons marked in their donut as red (under 70%) or amber (between 70 and 100%) and try to make them green (100%) by redoing them.
Complete a Fix-Up-5. HegartyMaths will remember every mistake your child has ever made and gives them 5 practice questions on their weaknesses with the help video. This will allow your child to improve quickly.
Complete a MemRi quiz. This will give students up to ten questions that they have previously gotten correct elsewhere on the site, giving them an opportunity to try to remember previous topics.
You can download the letter here – Hegarty Maths letter YEARS 7-11