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Supporting Maths at home

School Closure

We are committed to ensuring that your child is still learning as much as possible during the time your child is not attending school. Below are the overviews of tasks we would like the children in Y3 and Y4 to be completing at home each week.   An updated overview will be added every Monday by 12:00.

We have been really impressed with the effort some of the children have made with their learning at home.  We would like to celebrate these successes with you.  



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White Rose Maths Home Learning lessons


We have been really impressed with the fantastic effort children are making in completing the daily White Rose Maths lessons.  We appreciate all the support and encouragement that parents have given which we realise is not always easy alongside work commitments.  The feedback we have received about these lessons has been really positive and we can see from the work sent in on Dojo the successes and progress being made.  These structured lessons cover similar Maths learning we would have been doing in school and so are valuable in preparing your child for the next school year.  


Give it a go!

If your child has not yet been doing any of these lessons, it is not too late to start.  The learning can begin at Summer Term Week 1.  There will be no need to race through to catch up. Just do one each day or when you can and see how you go.  You may prefer to start with the current week, just be mindful that the lessons may draw on some skills missed so a bit of adult support may be needed.  


What is it?

Video lesson Each day has a short video lesson to watch, explaining the learning and asking questions to check understanding. These can be paused so children can go through at their own pace. However, they are quite compact lessons which makes them perfect for using at home.

Activity sheets Each lesson has activity sheets with questions to work through. You can print this and children can answer on the sheet or just read the questions from the screen and record answers and notes in their homework book, or simply talk through the sheet together. 

Answers The answers are included on a separate sheet to download so that children can check their learning and correct any errors or go through any misunderstandings.  The children can share their work with their class teachers by uploading on to Dojo.

Friday Challenges Friday is a bit different as a fun challenge is added that often link to the BBC Bitesize website.  These activities often require children to apply their previous learning or can be a fun way to consolidate what they have covered in the week.


The lessons vary in length depending on your child’s understanding but are usually between 20-40 minutes.   If you have any questions or need further support or guidance please message your child’s class teacher.


How do I access these resources?

The lesson videos are available to watch by clicking on the link above and selecting your child’s year groupInitially, the activity sheets were provided free on the website to download.  White Rose stopped doing this from Summer Term –Week 4 (11th May onwards) but these can be downloaded from the files below.     


We are missing teaching your children in school and are looking forward to their return.  We are mindful all families will have had different hurdles and journeys through this and we will be planning our Maths curriculum for next year accordingly.  So please do not become overly concerned, we know everyone is doing the best that they can in the given circumstances.  Children at St. John’s love Maths and we hope this will continue.  Have fun keeping your maths knowledge and skills fresh!

During Term 4, LKS2 will have the opportunity to make some Easter biscuits throughout the school day. Class Liberty enjoyed it so much they have asked that the recipe is available for them to have another go at home. If you haven't got access to 'cassia oil', a tsp of cinnamon or mixed spice works just as well. Photographs of the finished product will be appearing on our class pages so keep an eye out!



  • 110 g softened butter
  • 80 g caster sugar
  • 10 g or 1tbsp cornflour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • A few drops of cassia oil
  • 200 g plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 70 g currants
  • 1-2 Tbsp  milk



  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/gas mark 6. Line two baking sheets with baking parchment.
  2. Whisk together the butter and caster sugar until it is smooth and creamy.
  3. Whisk in the cornflour, baking powder and a few drops of cassia oil.
  4. Add the plain flour and currants and mix everything together with a wooden spoon. Gradually add just enough milk to bring the mixture together into a ball of dough.
  5. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to about 5mm/1/4 inch thick. Use a fluted 6cm round cutter to cut out as many rounds as you can. Bring the scraps together, knead very briefly then re-roll and cut out more biscuits.
  6. Place them spaced apart on the prepared baking sheets, sprinkle with caster sugar and bake for 15 minutes.
  7. Transfer the baked biscuits to a wire rack to cool then store in an airtight container.


Happy baking smiley 


Miss Walker