MATHS homework may not be every parent’s idea of a fun evening.
But for those whose children attend Lepton Church of England Junior, Infant and Nursery School in Station Road, the future looks a little clearer.
That’s thanks to maths workshops, which aim to teach the subject to parents the way their children are taught.
Teacher Katie Robinson explained: “The idea was initiated because of the number of parents who had mentioned how they felt maths was taught differently in school today compared to when they were educated.
“Parents felt they couldn’t support their children when they were doing their homework, because they wanted to show them the ‘old school’ method of under the doorstep and borrowing from the next door neighbour!
“We do not teach this way until the place value concepts – units, tens and hundreds – are fully embedded in a child’s understanding.
“Though the parents still say their method is quicker, they do see the reasoning behind the partitioned method.
“The pupils link their mental maths skills within daily oral and mental starters with the taught methods for written calculations.
“We stress the importance of embedding the stages of the calculations which have been agreed in the school policy and believe that once we have shown these methods to the parents, they will feel more confident to support their child with homework along with other mathematical activities at home.