CHILDREN have been showing their parents how the influence of teaching in Shanghai is helping them to learn maths.
Corpus Christi Primary School in North End, Portsmouth, sent two members of staff to China to share the benefits of the way they teach the subject.
The academy is the lead school in the Solent Maths Hub which covers Portsmouth, the Isle of Wight, Southampton, and the majority of Hampshire.
The hubs are being designed to improve maths education for children.
Corpus Christi Primary is one of the schools involved in the project.
Hollie Davis, seven, is in Year 2. She said: ‘It’s been really fun. We have been playing games through our maths. It’s good that it’s different because I learn more. It’s really fun helping each other out.’
Kit MacKenzie, seven, also in Year 2, said: ‘I find it quite easy. I like using the new maths things because it’s easy to split.
‘It’s a good way to learn because it’s easier to see the numbers and we have colours to know what they are. It’s fun.’
Part of the shared learning involves parents working with their children on their maths at home, to improve partnerships with the school.
Annique Miles is the maths manager at the school and went to Shanghai.
She said: ‘We’ve invited parents in to show them different ways that they can support their child at home, increasing their number sense.
‘This is our take on how we can improve standards in our school and hopefully this is a model that can be rolled out to schools across Portsmouth and further afield.
‘The children are very well prepared for school. There are a lot of home links which is why we are holding this maths night for parents.
‘Their use of number and the way it’s taught is very quick and very embedded.
‘They spend less time in lessons but the children rapidly learn quicker.’