Help for Parent and Child in Maths
Further down this page you will find web-links which take you to some popular websites which can help boost attainment in maths.
Hints and tips for helping children familiarise themselves with mathematics:
- Cooking with a child provides opportunities to use measures - reading scales, converting between units and calculating with amounts all give practical applications of maths.
- Look at prices and compare amounts when shopping with your child - use receipts to perform various calculations, such as finding the difference between prices.
- Play board games, such as Monopoly, and dice games, such as Yahtzee, taking opportunities to add and subtract money and numbers.
- Encourage your child to learn their key numerical facts (see below) as, without these, children struggle to solve problems. Regularly practise these facts until they are securely known - short, regular bouts of practice help build confidence as spending too long means that boredom sets in. Even for our eldest children, no more than 20-30 minutes on an activity is recommended at any time. Addition and subtraction facts to 20 should be learned and applied to word problems by the end of Key Stage 1 while multiplication and division facts, up to 12 x 12, should be memorised by the end of Year 4. Your child's teacher will give further guidance regarding which key facts should be known by when.
- Your child needs to read regularly: once (s)he can read for understanding, attempting word-based maths problems becomes much less challenging.