Helping your Child with Maths
Thank you for attending the Maths meeting recently. We received excellent feedback, with many parents saying they had not realised how much Maths they could do with their child at home. And it really is true ! Forget buying extra resources, Maths is all around you at home:- dce, board games, playing cards, sweets, money, clocks, thermometers, cereal packets.
You can have such fun using Maths with your child at home and children love playing with numbers, especially when they are real and engaging. So carry on and have hours and hours of fun using Maths with your child !
Please find below information used during the meeting This is not the powerpoint used, it is simply the information on the Powerpoint), just to remind you of the endliess possibilities....
Helping Our Children To Achieve
Maths is FUN!
How Maths teaching has changed
- To give children the chance to explore ways of finding an answer, and being able to explain why it works
- To give them the key skills needed to solve real world problems and examples
- To provide opportunities to apply these skills in practical situations
Prompting thinking & questioning
Providing opportunities to manipulate, experience and see (use of resources)
Develop thinking through investigation
Reasoning and making connections
Engaging in talk
Enabling learning through drawing attention to.
Encouraging children to make links and generalise
Right then, time for a warm up!
5 12 21
Which is the odd one out, and why?
R-Y2 Mental Arithmetic
The emphasis in KS1 is on mental arithmetic BUT based on practical activities. Useful things to practise at home include:
- Doubles and halves
- Bonds of 10, 20 and 100
- Adding 2 small numbers
- Adding or subtracting
- Using different vocabulary
KS2 Mental Maths
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Times tables and division facts
Number bonds up to 100
Doubling and Halving
Rounding and estimating
x 10, x 100 (DON'T ADD A 0!)
Quick recall of
Number bonds to 20, 50 and 100.
When ready, the children will move on to more formal written methods.
Moving to written procedures too fast can mean:
- Children add/subtract the digits in a column by rote, without understanding what their value is, or what a sensible answer is likely to be
- Children who rely on written procedures can be more likely to look for a calculator when stuck, not a mental strategy
Children can hide their understanding of mathematical concepts behind having a good memory for procedure.
We use many resources here in school to give pupils a visual understanding that will aid their mental workings:- magic sticks, 100 squares, number lines, If I know then I know boxes, Bead bars, place value cards etc.
How long programmes last
Times of programmes
Timing cakes in the oven
How long until bedtime?
When is the next bus/train?
Use of food ...Raid your cupboards and try some of these...
How much are the weight of foods you buy?
Estimate the weight of...
Which is heavier?
How long should I cook it for?
Which is dearer? Cheaper?
Give pupils money and they have to calculate what they can afford to buy.
How many packs of cakes if family have 1 each?
Cereal Maths at Breakfast
Make your own museli- weigh out 15g nuts, 20g raisins etc
Which cereal is the healthiest?
Has the most salt?
Gives the most energy?
Using brochures and adverts:
How much does it cost for
your family to enter
Longleat? Go on holiday?
Use free brochures !
Get a tape measure or a map
Find the longest thing in your bedroom...house...shortest object
Measure arms, legs, heads, feet who has the biggest?
Measure plants and keep a diary of growth
How tall are you?
Scale on maps 1cm: 20 miles, how far away is.....from Newport?
Measuring Jugs at the Ready !
How much water is in the
How much more would I add to make....
How much should I pour out
If I only want 40ml?
Top Trump Cards
Make a set of Top Trumps for your family.
Say how many more/less
Say how much older/younger/faster/slower
Find a thermometer
Temperature diary weekly
Reading Large Numbers
Look at house prices and read them.
Look at attendance at football matches and read them, who had the biggest attendance in the Premiership at the weekend?
Look at the football pages in the weekend papers....
Who has won all their games?
What was the outcome of
Who has won half their games?
Just play darts and keep a running total.
How many do you need to win? How could you score this?
Could I exchange
prices in deals.
Round each item to the nearest pound and estimate the total cost.
How much change for 1 item from £10? How much change from £100 for ten items?
Grab a handful of coins each- who has the most? How much more?
Car journey Maths
How long until we arrive at our destination?
Speed ? How long should it take at this
Look at menus that come through the door/ fast food menus or menus in restaurants...
Calculate the total cost?
Are the 'deals' good value?
How much money are you saving?
How much will your total bill cost? Change from £100?
Bake a Cake
Write the recipe for 4
If I'm serving it at 8pm, how long must you wait?