Introducing… Mathematics Workabooks
The Workabook approach to homework is systematic and carefully planned to support children with their learning, consolidate classroom teaching and provide an organisational structure which will enable both teacher and pupil to manage homework effectively with positive results.
The structure of the Mathematics Workabooks reflects the need for children to learn facts and procedures, to practise and consolidate learning and to extend their ability to think and apply their skills and knowledge.
Each book has four sections:
Children focus on and learn one section of key facts each week.
They record what they have learnt on the learning list.
Children refer to key facts for support when completing the practice exercises or thinking tasks.
This section also provides parents/carers with information on what needs to be learnt.
Children complete one set of exercises each week.
The exercises cover most aspects of the curriculum and can be completed in any order to suit the teacher. Select exercises to consolidate what has been done that week in class, revise what has been done earlier in the year or concentrate on specific areas which may be causing difficulties.
A variety of question types gives children the opportunity to consolidate what they have learnt, reinforce skills, develop strategies for approaching and solving problems and enables them to succeed.
The answers are written on the same page as the questions.
The exercises are designed to meet the children’s needs at three levels A, B, C:
Level A is set to achieve basic competence building on from what was learnt the previous year
Level B is set to meet and secure expectations for that year group
Level C aims to present some challenge for those children with more confidence.
All children should begin at Level A then work through as far as they are able. Teachers can advise the levels they expect individual children to achieve.
Jotting space is provided on most pages and children should be encouraged to use it.
Answers can be downloaded from the Workabook website.
The thinking tasks are more open ended and can be completed at different levels depending on the skills and interests of each child.
They cover various aspects of the curriculum and can be completed in any order.
Taking mathematics into everyday life, these tasks enable children to apply their skills and knowledge within real life situations or present mathematics in an investigational form.
Children are likely to need several days to do the work as they may require time for research; including a weekend will give parents an opportunity to participate.
Children record their ideas on the coloured writing pages towards the end of the book.
“Talking Points” in the Download section of the website has comprehensive notes on Introduction and Prior Discussion as well as Organisation and Follow-up.
At the back of the book is a reference section which includes additional information such as:
- Multiplication tables from previous years’ learning
- Examples for formal methods for all operations
The mini-dictionary has a list of new mathematical vocabulary that children are expected to know in that year. Each word has a space for children to record definitions and examples. Additional words can be added by the children in the spaces at the end.
Parents’ notes are available from the website. These are available in most common community languages.
One task from each section would normally be set each week.
Children may need several days to do some exercises as they may need time for research.
At the top of the coloured writing pages children note the reference number of the tasks set, the date, and when the homework is due in.
The extra grey pages at the back of the book can be used for special projects or for their own work or as additional jottings space.
The achievement page is a way for children to visually record the completion of their homework tasks. There are 90 items to complete over the year (72 for Mathematics 2 and 6).
Special Mathematics Workabooks Rewards stickers – included on a tear-out sheet at the back of every Workabook. – can be used to make homework something to be proud of as well as fun to do.
The end-of-year certificate – included on a tear-out sheet at the back of Mathematics Workabooks. – gives the children something to work towards and an acknowledgement of their effort, progress and achievement.
The answers to the Practice Exercises are available for download from our website after purchase.
See below for an example of how these are presented.
Thinking Tasks: Talking Points for Teachers
Being open-ended, there are no answers to the Thinking Tasks; however, prior discussion, or in some cases class/group preparation activities, will maximise the potential of the tasks and follow-up work will enable teachers to assess understanding, clarify misconceptions and challenge each child’s ability to explain and apply what they have learned.
See below for a sample Talking Points page.
Answers: Sample page from My Mathematics Workabook 4
Talking Points: a sample page of Talking Points for My Mathematics Workabook 4