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.