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Maths - How to help at home

“Parents are a child’s first and most enduring educators, and their influence cannot be overestimated.”

Parental involvement in the form of 'at-home' interest and support has a major influence on pupils’ educational outcomes and attitudes. However many parents feel uninformed about current educational practices and how they can be more involved with their child’s learning.

On this page, you’ll find information on

• Activities using numeracy skills in everyday life

• Documents and videos that explain how mathematics is taught in school

• Activities that help to reinforce what your children are learning in school.

We hope it will help!

Numeracy in Everyday Life

Cooking or baking: How will we measure how much? Can you read the numbers? Can you help me count the spoons? How many cupcake cases will we need? How long will it take to cook? What time will it be ready? What if we double or halve the recipe? How many will we make? How many cakes will we get each in our family? How many chocolate buttons will we need if we put three on each cake?

Shopping: How many will we need? How much? Will we have enough from this amount? What shape is this? Which is more or less? Which is bigger? How do we work out 20% off? What will it cost if we buy ten? Which is better value?


Watching or playing sports: what’s the score now? What if they get two more goals? How much is the black worth? What is treble twenty? How much better have they done than last week? What do these statistics mean? How long is the game? What time will it be at half time?


Recycling: how will we sort these? How many? What shape is this? Which is the longest? Can you find me a cylinder?



Walking or driving to school: How long does it take? How many steps? How many number fours can you spot on the way? What number patterns can we spot? Are these numbers odd or even? What shapes can you spot? What directions are we taking? What would be the time difference if we walked or cycled?


Understanding Mathematics in School

The following link provides guides and videos that show how basic mathematical skills are taught in the school:


Reinforcing Learning in School

In school, the children are assigned activities on our Active Learn and Purple Mash platforms, and they are encouraged to complete these at home as well as in school. They may also have been allocated a video to watch that explains a written procedure, for example column subtraction using decomposition. Logon with your child and have a look together at what they’ve been assigned. You will find their usernames and passwords for both sites in their home school diary.

When your child is logged into Active Learn, have a look at ‘Maths at Home’ and ‘Calculation methods and mathematical models’ in the ‘Grown-ups’ section.

Other Links

There are some great sites out there. Here are some of our favourites:

This is a great site for helping your child with learning times tables.

a whole host of activities, simple ideas, top tips and eBooks to help your child with their mathematics at home.

a great website to practice those basic facts.  

provides advice for families and activities for children.

BBC bitesize activities for KS1 mathematics

BBC bitesize activities for KS2 mathematics