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


Developing understanding

—  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



                    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.



Talk about:

Digital time

Analogue time

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 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?

Ratio 1:5

 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

—    Read it

—    Temperature diary weekly

—    Hottest day?

—    Coldest day?

—    Difference?


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?


Football Maths

Look at the football pages in the weekend papers....

—    Who has won all their games?

—    What was the outcome of

Liverpool's games?

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?


Go Shopping


How much?

What  notes

Could I exchange

these for?

Compare prices

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 far?

—    How long until we arrive at our destination?

—    Speed ? How long should it take at this

—    Speed?

Menu Maths

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?