Fast Learning Olympic Challenge
As part of our work at Janet Duke Primary School we have been using a program called The Olympic Challenges to develop instant recall facts in mathematics. These facts are focused on bonds to 5, 10 and 20 when children enter the school with them then progressing to knowing times tables facts accurately.
Once they are secure on these facts they then move onto knowing facts about Prime, Square and Cubed numbers.
Knowing these facts securely will help our children develop their fluency skills and support them in being able to solve calculations and problems in all areas of maths.
How the program works.
The key skills are split up into the following progression ladder and the children are given a set time to complete the challenges.
Walker – Bonds to 5 - Practice, no time limit
Jogger – Bonds to 10 3 mins
Sprinter – Bonds to 20 4 mins
Finalist - 1,2,5 and 10 Times tables 5 mins
Bronze - 3,4, 6 and 8 times tables. 4 mins
Silver 10 x 10 times tables 6 mins
Gold 12 x 12 times tables 6 mins
Olympic Champion – Mixture of division and multiplication questions 4 mins
Mount Olympus Square and Cubed Numbers 5min
Atlantis - Prime numbers 4min
Zeus – Mixed skills 5min
The children will start of in Yr. 1 at Walker to practice the format and then move onto starting on Jogger and work their way through the program, the aim being that children will be secure and at Gold (12 x 12) by the end of Yr. 4. Any identified children in Early Years may start the program if teachers think it would be appropriate. After Gold Children will move on through the program until they complete Zeus. Certificates will be awarded to children that complete each challenge and these can be awarded in assembly. What challenge the children are in will be displayed in their class/set.
Children can self or peer mark if you think it is appropriate or it can be done by the class teacher. If they complete the challenge, then they can glue it in the back of their maths book as proof of completion. Their names can be put on a display sheet in Maths sets to show that they have completed the challenge. The class teacher will also have a record chart to tick when a child has completed each stage.
A certificate will be given for the completion of each stage.
Phonics & Reading
https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk. This website has a free resources area.
Nursery & Reception Phase 1, 2 & 3
Year 1 should be using Phase 3, 4, 5
Year 2 Phase 5 & 6
https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com A great source of phonics and reading activities. This app is free at the moment.
https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/ 250+ E-reading books available for ages 3-11
Please select books by your child’s age or their school colour book band.
Once you have read a book there are activities to complete at the top of the screen.
There is also a “kids activities” area on the oxford owl website with other online tasks for ages 5-6, 6-7 and 7-9
All curriculum areas
A message from Ruth Miskin Training
Read Write Inc. Phonic lessons at home from Monday 23rd March.
Oxford Education are scheduling free Read Write Inc. Phonic lessons on YouTube for children to watch at home; three short Speed Sound lessons with one of our trainers every day for the next two weeks.
Films will only be available at the times below:
Set 1 Speed Sounds at 9.30 am & again at 12.30pm
Set 2 Speed Sounds at 10.00 am & again at 1.00 pm
Set 3 Speed Sounds at 10.30 am & again at 1.30 pm
Note: films are streamed live & won't be available at other times.
There are many websites that you can use while you are at home. You will be able to access many fun activities on the following websites that will help with your learning in English, Maths and Reading. Also, have a look at the Year 6 project work and see what you can do and create.
Reading Eggpress - https://readingeggspress.co.uk/
Mathletics - https://login.mathletics.com/
Purple Mash - https://www.purplemash.com/sch/janet-duke
Literacy Shed - https://www.literacyshed.com/home.html
SPaG.com - https://www.spag.com/