How can I help my child with Maths?
Growth Mindset Praise - encourage a ‘have a go’ attitude - praise effort
I like that you took on that challenging question
It will take a lot of work, but you’re going to learn a lot of great things
I really admire the way you concentrated and finished that
Encourage your child to have a ‘have a go’ attitude in your child
Use maths in real-life contexts
Money - If I split up this five pound note between both of us, how much will we each get? How much do you think I have spent? (estimating)
Cooking - measuring ingredients and looking at scales- Let’s make this recipe for four people, for eight people. How much of each ingredient do I need?
Time - If this TV show lasts for 45 minutes what time will it be when it ends?
Questioning to help develop reasoning
What did you do to get that answer?
How does that work?
Can you show me another way?
Can you spot any patterns?
Useful websites - Maths games
Times table practice
Times table rockstars - link on your child's student hub.
Dice bingo - roll two dice and multiply the answer. Whoever gets the answer first wins the point.
Rock, paper, scissors - play like normal but on the count of 3 each person holds up fingers from 1-10 and the first one to say the answer if they are multiplied together gets a point.To make it easier you can play with just 1 hand so that the largest multiplication they will be doing is 5x5.
Draw a Waldorf multiplication flower - Children start this activity by drawing the centre of the flower, in which they write a number between 2 and 12. They then draw 12 petals around the centre, with each petal containing the numbers 1 through 12. The last step is to draw another set of 12 petals which contain the centre number multiplied by each petal in the inner circle.
You can also learn multiplication facts through songs.
LGFL - Maths at Home
The Maths at home resource is designed to provide support for busy parents that wish to help theirchild with their mathematical development at home. A video has been made for every single NationalCurriculum descriptor for the whole of Key Stage 1 and 2. This provides coverage for the entire Mathematics Primary curriculum. Each video is a snapshot of how many schools may teach the particular strand, and also provides examples of how parents could support their child at home. Where appropriate, video content is reinforced with a selection of downloadable resources.
Maths at home videos are designed to feel like they are taking place on a table at home, encouraging communication, conversation and lots of fun while working on them.
The video resources are designed to bring Maths to life, highlighting learning opportunities within cookery, play, decorating and gardening. Most importantly, they are designed to ignite conversations between children and parents, and to make Maths a positive and enjoyable experience outside of school.
Your child can access these resources by typing their school username and password in on the LGFL website.
Please find below some YouTube videos to help explain some of the strategies we use in school: