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The College helped to make a series of short films to help parents understand how to help their children with Maths homework - watch them here.

The films - all filmed and edited by Stoke Damerel Community College’s videographer Mr Grant - were the brainchild of the Maths Action Group.


A special Red Carpet assembly was held at Montpelier Primary for the pupils from the six Plymouth primary schools who appear in the videos, which are all available on YouTube for anyone to watch and use.

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“We want as many people as possible to use them,” said Mrs Green, a teacher at Montpelier who is chair of the Maths Action Group.

The group is made up of the Maths leads of six Plymouth primary schools – Louise Merriman from Goosewell, Jon-Joe Wilson from Shakespeare, Vicky Parrot from Hooe, Tim Weale from Mayflower, Anna Stephenson from Pennycross as well as Mrs Green.

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“We came up with the idea in November last year –  we hear time and again that the methods used to teach Maths in schools now are very different from how things used to be taught and parents are often unsure how to support their child’s learning at home.

“So we decided to contact Stoke Damerel to see if they could help and within weeks we were making these films.

“We are so thrilled with them - the children are so good, real little stars, and Matt has done a superb job of editing them - we couldn’t have done it without his help.

“We are extremely grateful to him and Stoke Damerel.”

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The films were made over three days’ of filming at Stoke Damerel and involved more than 30 pupils demonstrating the methods used to teach addition, subtraction, multiplication and division throughout Key Stages 1 and 2.

All pupils at the six primary schools have been given a Maths Action Group handbook – Maths Moments At Home - containing QR codes which each take the reader straight to a short film demonstrating the particular Maths topic featured.

Key Stage 3 Raising Standards Lead at Stoke Damerel, Mrs Dyer, said: "This has been such a great project and we were pleased to be able to facilitate the creation of the videos – our students got involved too as our Maths leaders helped to prepare the filming sessions.

“Understanding the basics of Maths is fundamental for everyday life and success and anything which helps parents support their child’s progress can only be a good thing,” said Mrs Dyer.

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Anna Stephenson, from Pennycross, said: ”The videos had a lot of child involvement and while they are not perfect, they are great to show parents the strategies children use at school."

Molly and Saphia, both pupils at Pennycross, said they “really enjoyed” creating the films.

“It was fun thinking of ways to clearly explain the different strategies!"

Year 5 Montpelier pupil, Neve, said: “I hope that people will use the films to help them with their learning."

Her thoughts are echoed by fellow Montpelier pupil Dylan, who is in Year 3, who said: “It was fun to do it. I hope people use it when they are stuck on a Maths problem - it will help lots of children."

Mrs Green said it had been a “brilliant” project to be part of.

“It has been a wonderful collaboration and the end result is better than we could have hoped for - the films are so polished and professional,” she said.
“We are already talking about how we can all work together again in the future.”

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 Stoke Damerel News Archive: Academic Year 2015/16

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