My daughter has been desperate to learn Maths ever since we read Mr Tick the teacher and she knew that I was a Maths teacher.
At the moment we do a little bit of Maths before she goes to bed 2-3 times a week.
She’s in reception at the moment and so far I have taught her the following things at home:
- Reading and writing numbers up to 1000
- Number bonds to 10 mentally
- Up to 3 digit numbers plus or minus 1 digit numbers (counting on or back on fingers)
- Any addition or subtraction sum involving up to 3 digit numbers (using base 10 apparatus including sums requiring carrying and borrowing)
- Simple multiplication sums (up t0 5 times 5 mentally or using fingers)
- More difficult multiplication sums using base 10 apparatus
- Simple division using base 10 apparatus
- Other bits and pieces like telling the time and how many sides different shapes have.
If I give her a question on any of these things then she will generally (sometimes needing a bit of reminding or prompting) get it right. I’m delighted with her maths and her enthusiasm for learning maths.
I’m writing this because her Maths targets are currently:
To recognise numbers up to 100.
To add and subtract single digit numbers by counting on and counting back.
I’m slightly concerned that these targets are so far below what she can do.
I have no wish to be a pushy parent. She loves going to school and apart from the reading books she brings home being far too easy I have no issues with the school.
My questions are:
Should I be worried about the undemanding targets?
Why might these targets have been set?
Is it worth raising this with the teacher or shall I just continue to teach her Maths myself?
These are the first targets I have seen for my daughter and to be honest I was happier when I thought she didn’t have any. Most of her other targets are also things she can already do.
I hesitate to complain because she enjoys school so much and has made good friends and seem to be better at reading and maths than most of her peers. I’m just not sure what, if anything, she is learning.