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Gambia Linking School

Our school is linked to Rev. J.C. Faye Lower Basic School in The Gambia. We regularly keep in contact via email and Skype. We have included some of the powerpoints we have received from them below. Both children and staff have learnt a lot about life in the Gambia from these. The children have also received letters from children in the Gambia which the children loved to read!

African Masks – Gambia powerpoint

Cooking – Gambia powerpoint

Introduction to gambia

The environment – Gambia powerpoint



                               Family Math Night ? Van Arsdale PTSA

Mathematics at Thurcroft Infant School teaches children how to make sense of the world around them through developing their ability to calculate reason and solve word problems. It enables children to understand relationships and patterns in both number and space in their everyday lives.

At school we use a variety of teaching and learning styles mathematics. Our principal aim is to develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding. During our daily lessons, we encourage children to ask as well as answer mathematical questions. They have the opportunity to use a wide range of resources, such as number lines, number squares, digit cards, arrow cards and small apparatus to support their work. ICT is used in mathematics lessons for modelling ideas and methods. Wherever possible, we encourage the children to apply their learning to everyday situations and class topics.

In each classroom we have maths meeting interactive displays Family Math Night ? Van Arsdale PTSAor working walls to support the current topic. 


Every Child Counts displays are changed regularly to support children’s learning.


Children continue their maths learning with outdoor provision.

We like to make maths as practical and fun as possible.

Odd and Even numbers                                                    


Counting in twos






Place Value


3D shape



The following links may be useful for you and your child:

Information on subitising

CBeebies Grown Ups  – Show your child how exciting and useful numbers and counting can be. Handy ideas from an early age up to year 1.

CyberKidz – Has access to literacy, numeracy and other games which can be selected by age group.

TopMarks – Games sortable by age range. Wide range of different numeracy skills covered.

ICT Games – huge selection of games sorted into categories ie money, shape, counting, addition, time and much more.

Sumdog – Games that make maths learning fun.