Maths at Home

What can I do to help?

As a parent, you might be asking this question. How can you help to support your child to succeed in their maths learning. On this page, you will find a few ideas, links to some free resources and a list of useful websites to encourage your child.

If you use any of these ideas or experience any maths at home, please share it on our school Twitter feed with #MathsAtHome

Tip 1

NEVER say, "I'm rubbish at maths too!" or, "It's ok - you're just like me, good at English but no good at maths!"

Our philosophy is that EVERYONE can do maths and this attitude it absolutely essential. Unlike other subjets, maths relies on constantly learning new things and being able to make connections and recognise patterns - it isn't only developing and deepening skills over time or even just learning the fact. It is a difficult skill to master, but we firmly believe that it is possible for every child to master it!

Some children will struggle to remember times tables, but find understanding shape and space really intuitive; other children will take a little longer to build up some of the connections; still others will be able to give you an answer having learned some facts, but with no real understanding of how they got there (which means they won't be able to do it again if the questions is a little bit different to the one they're used to).

All children will need some extra help at some point, some will need more help than others, but the only way that they will get there is if we all believe that they can.

Remember the power of "YET": it's not, "I don't know my 9 times table." It's, "I don't know my 9 times table YET!"

Tip 2

Practise number facts and times table facts. These are absolutely essential to maths learning. Go to our Basic Skills page to find out more about what we mean by this and what skills you should practise with your children.

Tip 3

Give your child plenty of real life experiences in maths. Maths literally exists everywhere so try to spot it as often as you can and work on practising some skills. Here are just a few examples that you could try:

  • Estimate the total amount spending in a shop.
  • Adapt a recipe written for 4 people to serve 6.
  • Count the number of people who walk past whilst sitting in a cafe for a cake.
  • Talk about things that are bigger, smaller, taller, shorter, lighter, heavier etc. If you can, explore some of those things - is the bigger thing always heavier than the smaller thing?
  • Check what stage your child is at in telling the time and find every opportunity to practise - always ask them the time instead of looking yourself. Encourage them to use analogue clocks and not just digital clocks. If you're at the right stage, explore the difference between 12 hour and 24 hour time.
  • When you need to get a train or a bus, don't just google it but see if you can find the timetable and show your child how it works. Can you figure out which bus we need to get if we want to leave after 11 o'clock? What's the last bus we can get if we need to arrive by 11.30?
  • Draw different shapes. Do you know what it's called?

Tip 4

We use White Rose Maths for our learning journey in maths. Very helpfully, they have produced a set of Parent Workbooks that you could use at home with your child to support their learning. Remember to check which bit your child is working on before starting it at home.

You can get links to download the parent booklets by clicking here (you can even get them free on Amazon Kindle).

As well as these booklets, White Rose have been doing lots more to help teachers (and I think they can help you too!) Parents often tell us that things have changed since they learned maths and they don't fully understand what their children are talking about. Well, there are a whole bank of videos which were made to teach the children who are learning from home. What's brilliant about these videos? If you want to understand what your children are being taught, they can be brilliant for parents to watch to help you understand what your children have been up to. You can find all of the videos here (just click on the year group your child is in)!

Tip 5

Below is a list of websites which can be really helpful for you. There are some details about the website, and it will let you know if you need log in details or not (if you do, they should be in your child's diary - ask your teacher if you need help). Some of these also have apps available for tablets and smart phones - head to the website to find out more.

Log in?
Times Table Rock StarsPractise your times tables whilst earning coins from rock gigs to personlise your avatar. Can you make it to Rock Hero?YesYes
Maths Shed (part of EdShed)A range of space-themed games to practise your number bonds, times tables and lots more too!NoYes
KS1 BBC MathsLoads of games, helpful pages and lessons to support you in all areas of maths for Year 1 and Year 2NoNo
KS2 BBC MathsLoads of games, helpful pages and lessons to support you in all areas of maths for Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6.NoNo
EYFS Top Marks GamesA range of fun maths games, covering all areas of maths, for 3-5year olds.NoNo
KS1 Top Marks GamesA range of fun maths games, covering all areas of maths, for 5-7year olds.NoNo
KS2 Top Marks GamesA range of fun maths games, covering all areas of maths, for 7-11year olds.NoNo
Primary Games ArenaPages of fun, maths-themed games for children from Nursery to Year 6.NoNo
Maths ZoneA compilation of lots of different maths games for you to try. Why not try Hit the Button, or do a Daily 10 Mental Maths Challenge?NoNo
Arcamedics GamesLots of cartoon games designed to help with all areas of maths.NoNo
Primary Games (Primary Apps)Over 40 classic Primary Games, including Splat Square, Ghost Blasters, Stop the Clock, Eggs on Legs, Table Mountain and many more.YesNo