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Maths – helping at home

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 was 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 flour1 cup of water1 tablespoon cooking oil2 teaspoons cream of tartarHalf 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.

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 a website called ‘topmarks’ where there are interactive games for most aspects of maths linked well to our curriculum. Just choose from the options on the top of each page.

  EYFS maths games

KS1 maths games


KS2 maths games


You will find something for everyone with this website.  Which will be your favourite game?

Designed to help develop rapid recall of multiplication and division facts.