Build confidence in maths

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One of the most popular topics on Parents in Touch is maths. So in response to requests from our users, we have compiled this newsletter to show you how you can help your child with maths at home.

See the huge range of resources from: 'How To....' pages through to maths worksheets for practice and to reinforce learning, and then on to actual test papers to give your child confidence in tackling tests. Together, these provide a practical progression for learning.

Read our Year Group pages to see what your child will learn in the year ahead.

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Help your child at home with maths

Help your child at home with maths - the worksheet shown on the left includes a helpful list of the 'Help your child with....' maths topics available; these include Maths word problemsHelp with using a calculator, Telling the time and Transformations. These practical guides feature teaching suggestions, practical work and maths questions for you to do with your child. If children have a complete understanding of a topic they will find it much easier to relate to the questions and achieve success.

worksheet Incidental maths is the beginning of learning. Through the everyday world, as you count bananas in the supermarket, spoons when you lay the table and so forth, young ones quickly grasp the concept of numbers - look at Number work 0-5 years for more suggestions. Playing number games and using number rhymes are fun and it is wonderful to see a child's face when they suddenly understand or get a question correct. Make number work enjoyable from the start - try FS maths fun and FS maths work with an adult 


It is always good to reiterate work to ensure that children have a full understanding before they progress to anything else new - test learning with revision worksheets. Encourage yor child's mental maths skills during everyday life and try a mental maths test. Games, puzzles and visual aids should be used as much as possible in teaching children, as these are enjoyable for them and make learning fun. Don't forget those all-important Times Tables.  
worksheet Children learn more readily when practical methods are used when explaining concepts. Fractions can be a tricky topic but can be easily explained practically. Venn diagrams are best introduced by putting e.g. apples, oranges and bananas into a pile and asking the children to separate the fruits into 'like' piles. Symmetry can be introduced using mirrors. We have lots of practical worksheets to help with time.  


Students in KS3 will enjoy maths more if they see how it is used all the time in everyday life, for example, timetables. So our 12 and 24 hours timetables has a practical appeal. We have explanatory worksheets on many key topics - here are just a few: Directed (negative) numbers; Sequences and the nth term and How to help with symbols and formulae. Take a look at our KS3/4 maths page for plenty more help.
worksheet Our Fun Maths worksheets are always popular. They are excellent to do as a family and we have a selection for all ages. The youngest will enjoy Fun maths for KS1. For older ones there is Maths game for Year 6 - this is great fun! There are three fun maths worksheets for KS3 to enjoy.

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This newsletter has focused on maths, but if you are looking for other subjects use our Worksheet Finder as a good starting point.



Best wishes
Jackie Bacon

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