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Is BBC daily lessons enough? Maths seems too easy Y4

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HappyBirthdayQueenieMarm · 22/04/2020 01:41

No printer so lots of activities have been a pain. The leatning pack set by the school is more challenging.

How many hours should primary children study for?!

Anyone else finding bbc bitesize daily learning too easy?

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sleepismysuperpower1 · 22/04/2020 10:24

might be worth trying education city instead for maths. they are offering a free access trial (21 days) during the school closure and it caters to your dc's learning level (so if they are working at year 5 standard maths, it will give them year 5 standard questions)

fruitpastille · 22/04/2020 10:29

Try white rose lessons - they are what many schools follow. They have made some for home learning. Beware after the first two weeks you have to pay premium to get the worksheets.

SansaSnark · 22/04/2020 11:03

If your school have set a learning pack, it surely makes more sense to do that? Unless you have finished it already and more is not being set?

It would make more sense to follow what the school have set/suggested- because then they'll have more idea of what you've covered at home. Whereas if you do the BBC lessons, you may be covering completely different content to the rest of the class.

Teachers at the school will also know their classes better and be able to set more appropriate work.

Why not contact them for advice?

sleepismysuperpower1 · 22/04/2020 11:23

yes agree with PP, I would only try education city once you have finished the workpack the school has provided x

User721 · 22/04/2020 11:26

I also thought the bbc year 4 maths seemed too easy.

Ive started using the Oak Academy lessons, seems to be pitched at the correct level.

HappyBirthdayQueenieMarm · 22/04/2020 13:23

Done the maths set by school. Its a very boring pack that i printed privately. I would have liked an online class like some better schools are doing than having to print out 80+ pages. My child isn't particularly advanced but even school home learning pack is too easy.

Some activities are so ridiculous and theyve already done like lava lamp and comprehension. I will try education city.

Thanks all.

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Reddis · 22/04/2020 15:19

Also try these online video lessons from NCETM: They have been very popular with teachers and parents.

Submariner · 22/04/2020 21:04

Online learning is not all that. We've switched to an online platform since Easter and it's so old fashioned, clunky and user unfriendly. Gah! The worksheets would be way easier.

Yurona · 23/04/2020 13:14

The bbc one are very easy - i looked for year 2, and they do +1? So 15+1 =?
That’s not average end of year 2 I hope!

MigGril · 23/04/2020 13:20

School is using white rose maths, we are also doing the BBC maths as he like maths so much and gets through it quite quickly. But we are using year 5 maths from the BBC the year 4 stuff is way to easy for him.

justanotherneighinparadise · 23/04/2020 13:21

I would also recommend white rose and mathseeds (part of reading eggs). We got a free trial and my seven year old LOVES it. We found Maths Factor a bit repetitive easy, but mathseeds seems to follow the syllabus better and the acorns keep him keen.

iamthankful · 23/04/2020 14:50

Oak National Academy is the best one I've seen so far.

BreathlessCommotion · 23/04/2020 15:15

Remember they are trying to aim at the average child in that age group, as well as ensure that it is accessible by lower ability children.

I'm an ex-teacher an dmy children are mainly just doing teh BBC bitesize stuff now. The school is sending bits here and there. Some days they don't do any school work.

This is about keeping them engaged in learning, keepig them occupied and their brains ticking over during this period. You can't replace the same level of teaching done in school. When they return some stuff will be repeated as some pupils won't have done anything and some will ave done their own stuff.

Notjustamum10 · 24/04/2020 11:17

We found the BBC Year 2/Primary 3 maths and english too easy, so went up to Year 3/Primary 4, and DS did these quite happily. He’s bright but by no means top of his class in terms of learning level. Our school are just setting up online learning this week, bit slow I know, but BBC Bitesize has been great to fill in the gaps.

Kelsoooo · 24/04/2020 11:23

I've printed work sheets from mathsphere for my 10yr old DD.

Divisional concepts proved both fun and challenging. And you can get for all ages on there.

gonelululemoncrazy · 24/04/2020 11:52

Our school had been a bit pants tbh at the start but have now started putting activities on purple mash. We've been doing a mix of BBC bitezize, white rose and twinkl - I have to do a lot of pre-work to find the activities that are at the appropriate level for my two.

Vitaceae · 24/04/2020 14:47

We use a combination of Twinkl worksheets and CGP textbooks and workbooks. We home educate anyway (both DC have autism & DS also has additional SEN) so not much has changed for us. Just plodding along through the books at our own pace Smile.

I can recommend CGP for textbooks & workbooks. Schofield & Sims are also good.

Also, you could try Khan Academy and Prodigy Maths, both of which are free.

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listsandbudgets · 30/04/2020 15:36

Agree about bite size. DS (year 3) tried them out and stormed through all the lessons with barely an issue until he got to the year 7 stuff when he had to stop and think about it Confused

CheriLittlebottom · 30/04/2020 15:49

I've seen lots of stuff about the BBC work being pitched far too low. Seems weird that they've got it so wrong.

HollyBollyBooBoo · 30/04/2020 15:58

Bite size is crazy easy, my year 5 dd laughed at the first couple of the ones aimed at her and said they did it in year 1 (no idea if that's technically true).

TollyMoll · 01/05/2020 08:50

My y4 child has mainly been following y5 bbc bitesize. As a teacher I think it has been pitched about right tbh as there are different levels of activities and always room to do extra / extend.

crosspelican · 01/05/2020 08:53

We have been directed to White Rose by the school and it’s good, but my Y6 is finding it a bit easy.

We use DoodleMaths too.

DippyAvocado · 01/05/2020 09:26

I think the Bitesize is relatively easy so kids can be independent. I set the maths for my year 2s this week on money and felt it was about the right level for them to do without much adult support. The worksheets are differentiated so there are harder questions as well.

My own DC are doing the Oak Academy for English. It's working well for me but the texts would be too challenging for about half my class.

BreathlessCommotion · 01/05/2020 11:07

Well my year 5 found one of the bitesize maths ones quite hard and needed help. So don't I feel great now.

Key stages are together in the curriculum and there is a spiral curriculum in many subjects. This means they won't just do something once, they will do it again at each keystage, building on what else they've done before.

For subjects like history and geography they might do different things at different years, so Egyptians in year 3 and vikings in year 4,but all within key stage 2.

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