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Maths – helping at home

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Year 4 Multiplication Assessment statutory from June 2020

Times tables guide for ideas to help at home, as well as explaining how we look at the patterns within the multiplication facts.


New maths support through technology.
New for KS1 children try downloading the maths app – sumazeprimary from your app store.
Prodigy is being trailled with year 3-6, please encourage your child to use their personal login details and enjoy boosting mathematical knowledge playing games.
Times table rock stars have landed in our school!
Each child has their own login details to access this at 
If you need ideas to support your children, there are so many different ways to help.  Your child may come across some calculations that they are less familiar with (when playing ttrockstars) if you download a copy of the multiplication square they can use this to find the answers, which will support their accuracy as they develop the response speed too.
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Below are some suggestions that we hope you will find useful when encouraging your child to explore maths at home.  At the end of the page there are links to a selection of websites that you might also find helpful when encouraging your children to practice their maths skills.  Remember to visit our useful documents page for help with our calculation strategies throughout school, along with other useful documents to download.
Helping your child learn at home:

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The most helpful thing you can do for your child is talk about maths in the real world – using real experiences make such a difference to understanding maths.

By doing some of these simple activites at home each day, you can help to improve your child’s maths skills.  By realising how much of maths is real-life, attitudes towards maths can change.

Image result for pullman bus In the street

  • Recognising bus numbers
  • Number plate hunt. Who can find a 7? Add the numbers up.
  • Comparing door numbers, finding properties of door numbers.
  • Counting – how many lampposts on the way to school? How many red cars do we pass?
Doing the washing

  • Counting in 2s – matching socks.
  • Sorting by colour and size.
  • Matching/pairing up socks.
  • Find four shoes that are different sizes. Can you put them in order?
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Image result for clocks analogue and digital Time

  • What day is it yesterday, today, tomorrow?
  • Use timers, phones and clocks to measure short periods of time.
  • Count down 10/ 20 seconds to get to the table/ into bed etc.
  • Recognising numbers on the clock. If you cover a number, what number is missing?

  • Can you cut your toast into 4 pieces? Can you cut it into triangles?
  • Setting the table. Counting the right number of plates etc. How many more do we need?
  • Can you make shapes/ patterns out of the knives and forks. Can you put them in the right place in the drawers?
  • Helping with the cooking by measuring and counting ingredients.
  • Setting the timer.
  • Positional language at dinner time: what is on the rice, where are the carrots etc?
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Image result for food shopping Going shopping

  • Reading price tags
  • Counting items into the basket
  • Finding and counting coins
  • Comparing weights – which is heavier?

  • Are you taller than a …?
  • Marking height on the wall.
  • Cut hand shapes out of paper. How many hands long is the couch? How long is the table? Which is longer?
  • Who has the biggest hands in our family?
  • How many steps from the gate to the front door?
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Image result for potato printing Shapes

  • Cut a potato into shapes (circles, triangle etc). Use with paint to make pictures and patterns.
  • Cut out shapes from coloured paper/ newspaper and arrange into pictures.
  • Shape hunt: Can you find a square in your house (windows etc), a circle …

  • Enjoy playing board games, which make use of dice.
  • Learn to play card games.
  • Try playing dominoes.
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Image result for play dough Try making some Playdough together
Here’s a simple recipe:1 cup of plain flour

1 cup of water

1 tablespoon cooking oil

2 teaspoons cream of tartar

Half a cup of saltfood colouring and essences (optional)

Put all ingredients in a large saucepan, and heat slowly, stirring all the time until it forms a ball.

Keep it wrapped in clingfilm or in a covered tub to stop it drying out.

Then ….

  • Make numerals and shapes
  • Sort shapes into groups, or order by size
  • Make long and short wiggly snakes.

Why should I play maths games with my child?

Children make the best progress as mathematicians when they regularly repeat skills and practise them until they become embedded.  This can be quite a long process sometimes, and so, the use of exciting games and interesting activities can be highly motivatins.  In our experience, our children learn best when they are having fun and that’s

There are so many websites with great maths games.  Below are the links to websites that we recommend to use at home through our newsletters. If you come across others that your children enjoy and think other parents might appreciate knowing about please let school know and we can add them as quick links too.  To access any of the maths websites below, just click on the image.

The first links are to websites with lots of activities and games on a whole range of mathematical concepts.  Use the tabs at the top of the webpages to navigate and find the games relevant for the topics you would like to practise.

  EYFS maths games

KS1 maths games

KS2 maths games

Primary Games

There are games for all within this weblink.

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Access the latest links to free games on this website.

Maths Zone Cool Learning GamesA huge range of games are available on this website, search for the topic you would like to practise too.
These games are all linked to place value, number and counting.
Practise counting to 10 OrderingOrdering and sequencing numbers
These game are linked to multiplication and division
Designed to help develop rapid recall of multiplication and division facts.

Can you reach the ROCKSTAR level?

For ttrockstars, remember to use your personal username and login, have fun practising.  Let us know as your Rockstar status increases.

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