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.
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 problems, Help 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.
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.
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.