Support Topics

IPad Apps – used by the IT Team (from the Local Authority) in schools

List of IPad Apps recommended by the Computing Team at Newcastle LA

YouTube Site for Educational Songs

This site has so many great songs for your children which will support their learning. Once heard the whole family will be singing them together!

One of our favourites is the Phonics Song 2.

Helping your child with Literacy at home

Following our Literacy Evening , parents asked if we could share the things we look for in different types of writing.  Below find a document which shows what we look for in different genres.  There are lots for each year and they show right up to Year 6.

Criteria for Great Writing

Literacy and Phonics Websites

Follow the links below to phonics games and interactive literacy pages. Your child will have lots of fun while developing their literacy and phonics knowledge and skills.

Apps for the Early Years

ABC PocketPhonics: letter sounds & writing + first words

Hairy Letters

Forest Phonics

Helping your child with Numeracy at home

At Archibald we are focusing on the children’s ability to rapidly and confidently recall number facts for addition, subtraction and division questions and their times tables. These are taught age appropriately to the children and as they are ready for the concepts.

If the children are confident with their number facts then this will only aide them in securing the strategies for calculating the answers to questions.

The Non Negotiables

Below are the key maths skills for each year group. We call these our non negotiables. These were shared with parents who attended our Maths evening.   You may wish to look at the document for the year group above and below where your child is.

EYFS Key Skills 2019

Years 1 – 4 Key Skills 2019

Our Calculation Policy

Below is our School Calculation policy.  These shares how we teach addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  The methods marked with our school logo are the prefered method taught.  This will help you to know how your child is learning to complete an operation.

Subtraction 2019

Multiplication 2019

Division 2019

Addition 2019


We shared a number of resources that can be used at home.

Hundred square
This can be used to help with addition and subtraction, as well as number recognition and place value.

  • You could hide numbers.
  • Use it to add or take away.
  • Adding or Subtracting 10 or a multiple of 10.
  • Finding odd or even numbers.

hundred square

Multiplication square
This can help your child to learn their tables.

  • Cover up a number- What did I multiply?
  • Focus on a different table each day.
  • Find patterns in the square.

multiplication square

Games board
This blank gameboard could be laminated to be used in many different ways throughout school.  Just write your chosen game in a non permanent marker.

  • Write numbers and play it as a simple board game-Great for recognising numbers and counting.
  • Write simple addition or subtraction sums.  When you land on it,  answer the question to move on.  You could also write doubles or numbers that add up to 10.
  • Write multiplication sums to answer.
  • It could be used to recognise 2D shapes- land on the shape and name it.

There are many more ways you could use this board or even ask your child to come up with their own games.

games board


At our Maths Evening we shared lots of games.  Physical maths helps your child to learn and is great fun.  Why not try one of these games?

Cops and Robbers

Your child faces you.  One of you is the cop and the other is the robber.  Place a set of objects in front of the cop.  Count them.  The cop then turns around and the robber takes some of the objects and hides them.  The cop then turns around to see how many objects are missing.  The cop tells you how many are mssing and  explain how they know.   Take turns being the cop and the robber.

You could use this game to learn ways to add 10, shapes, money or even time ( simply change the clock)

Hand Clap

With your child, count in twos backwards and forwards.  On each count, clap your hand and then clap with your child’s hand ( like playing pat-a-cake)

Make it more challenging by tapping knees on multiple of 10.

Jumping Jacks

A simple game.  Ask your child to do a movement a number of times.

Six star jumps.  Touch the floor 9 times.  Hop 10 times.

You could make it more challenging by giving your child a sum to work out before they move.

Jump the number that is double 4.
Touch the floor the sum of 3 x8 .
Hop the number that is half of 12.


Using a hoopla hoop or a cushion.  Your child is verbally given instructions.

In your hoop your need 8 fingers, one nose and a knee.
On your cushion you need two elbows and 6 fingers. 

Choose a Number

Spread some numbers on the floor or stick on the wall ( Write your numbers on sticky notes or paper)

Play some music.  When the music stops ask your child to find a number.

This could be used in a number of ways:

Jump to a number 6.
Tiptoe to an odd number between 25 and 35.
Slide to a  number more than 6 but less than 9.
Skip to double 3.
Walk to 3×8.
Hop to a multiple or 4.
Run to a factor of 24.

This game could also be used with shapes, fractions or money.


Scatter different coins on the floor.  Label a number of objects with prices.
Play some music.  When the music stops, your child chooses an object and then has to collect the coins to pay for it.


Children love to use technology to learn. Here is a list of different websites for you to use at home including some new sites and apps suggested by our families

This website links lots of great websites together.

 The three websites below are tailored to your child’s key stage.

This website includes one of Year 1’s favourite games- Funky Mummy, plus many others.

A link to the BBC Bitesize website.

A problem solving website with lots of problems to apply your child’s Numeracy knowledge.

Apps – recommended by families

Numberbond Pro

Mystery Math Museum

Daisy Dinosaur

Maths 3-5


Little Digits