How to help your child with maths
We believe Maths should be engaging! Children should enjoy playing with numbers, finding patterns and making connections. Whatever you do with your children at home to help them with their Maths, always try to keep this in mind.
A book you might like to read:
'Maths For Mums and Dads’ by Rob Eastaway and Mike Askew is a useful guide for parents unfamiliar with modern Maths teaching methods. It is available from all good bookshops and online for around £8.
Many popular games feature Maths skills as key to their success! Playing dominoes or card games with your children can involve all sorts of Maths in disguise! Games like Connect 4 and Othello require competitors to spot and recognise patterns. Any games that require dice will require counting skills, too. Play these as a family and have fun together!
Shopping trips provide ample opportunities to try out some Maths! How much change are you going to get? How much would two of those cost? What about three? How many weeks pocket money will you need?
Children’s Story Books Involving Maths:
There are some excellent children’s books with Maths problems to explore! Such as:
- 365 Penguins by Jean-Luc Fromental
- Maths Curse by Jon Scieszka
- A Hundred Hungry Ants by Elinor Pinczes
- How Big is a Million? by Anna Milbourne
- The Rabbit Problem by Emily Gravett
Mathematical Websites and Apps:
Below are two documents to support home learning for mathematics online. They both contain very useful websites and apps for children to use to support their learning and understanding of mathematics at home. One is for KS2 (Year 3, 4 5 and 6) the other is for EYFS and KS1 (Year 1 and 2).
Support for Teaching Maths at Home
Free guides aimed at helping parents to teach key maths topics at home can be found on the thirdspacelearning.com website for the following areas:
- Comparing Fractions, Decimals and Percentages