BJS Maths: Free practice materials

By Mr. Setchell on Monday, January 22, 2018 in Maths, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6. No Comments


Corbett Maths Primary 5-a-day is website full of great questions for you to practice at home. 5-a-day Primary   Of course, you don’t have to do 5-a-day, but little and often practice will accelerate your maths skills. There are bronze, silver, gold and platinum activities depending how  much of a challenge you want. #easyisboring

Christmas homework ideas – mathematics

By Mr. Setchell on Sunday, December 24, 2017 in Maths, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6. No Comments


Send a present to your future self – enjoy maths more by spending your brain power in lessons on interesting challenges rather than trying to work out what the product of 7 x 8 is. Learn your times tables and division facts by practising for  5 minutes every day on Sumdog. Already fluent in your […]

Solution to Snow Day Maths challenge

By Mr. Setchell on Monday, December 18, 2017 in Maths. No Comments


Here is the solution to the maths challenge about the different ages of Santa’s reindeer set on snow day last week. Well done to Lauren in year  3 and her dad for solving this one. Well done also to the 97 children who earned house points on the Sumdog snow days challenge, too! Here is their […]

Snow day maths

By Mr. Setchell on Monday, December 11, 2017 in Maths. 1 Comment


BJS mathematicians! Here are some maths challenges for you to choose to tackle on Tuesday 12th December: CHALLENGE ONE: Once you’ve finished throwing actual snowballs, choose a challenging skill on Sumdog and play Snowball. For every 100 questions you’ve answered on Monday and Tuesday this week, you’ll receive 1 house point in assembly on Friday. […]

BJS Maths: Sumdog competition success!

By Mr. Setchell on Friday, November 24, 2017 in Maths, Year 3, Year 4. 1 Comment


The latest Sumdog  competition for Birmingham schools finished  last night with 3A finishing a brilliant 3rd overall! Their terrific effort earned the school 3 months of free subscriptions. Also, in terms of individual placings from the hundreds of pupils participating, Isabel in year 3 finished an amazing 3rd overall. Sarah in year 4 finished a […]

Year 4 Mathematics: KES Competition success

By Mr. Setchell on Friday, November 10, 2017 in Community, Maths, Year 4. 2 Comments


This afternoon, a group of four Year 4 mathematicians represented the school brilliantly at Heat 6 of a mathematics competition held at King Edward’s School. 12 schools were assembled to pick their  way through a series of mathematical challenges. In the first round, the children had to work as a team to answer a tricky […]

Black History Month: Hidden figures

By Mr. Setchell on Friday, October 13, 2017 in British Values, Community, Computing, History, Maths, Science, STEM. No Comments


When we think about history, some of the most inspiring stories come from recent times. ‘Hidden Figures’ is a film based on the true story of three brilliant African-American mathematicians – Dorothy Vaughn, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson. They worked at NASA in the 1950s and ’60s making the important calculations that helped launch the […]

Year 4 Maths: Tagtiv8

By Mr. Setchell on Friday, October 13, 2017 in Maths, PE, Year 4. 2 Comments


It was maths on the move today when we had a lesson using our fantastic Tagtiv8 kit. We played a variety of maths games that helped us to practise our mental maths skills. Afterwards, we all agreed that we loved the physical and mental challenges of Tagtiv8 and shared our own ideas of how we […]

Year 5 Maths: Columnar Addition

By Miss Edwards on Thursday, October 12, 2017 in Maths, Year 5. 1 Comment


Today the children made a great start to using columnar addition. They have used place value counters to add two sets of numbers together.  This has deepened their understanding of why digits are carried over and how different place value columns can be affected by these calculations.  Great work!