Maths is essential for everyday life and a foundation for most careers. Regular practice can help build children's confidence and fun activities can raise engagement.
Each week we have included fun maths learning that can done whilst out about. These activities will help children to develop their understanding.
Top Tips for learning maths by Maths on Toast:
- Maths is everywhere. Cooking, shopping, packing things into bags and boxes, planning a journey… even the buildings all around you. The more you look, the more you will see.
- Being wrong is OK. Don’t feel bad about mistakes – they are part of learning. If you, or someone else, gets to the wrong answer, then talk about it. How did you get there? See if you can come up with a better way to work it out.
- Believe in your own ability. Everyone has the potential to understand and enjoy maths. One of the UK’s biggest problems in maths education is children ‘catching’ their parents’ own low confidence in maths. If you don’t feel confident, this is more likely to have come from your life experience than your genes. You have the ability: you’ve just not had the chance to develop it. You probably use maths more than you give yourself credit for. So avoid suggesting that people in your family aren’t good at maths. Your children will believe it, and make it come true.
- Struggling is normal and healthy. If you can’t figure something out straight away, then you’re not alone. In fact, you are sharing an experience with professional mathematicians. It’s their job to get stuck on hard problems – sometimes for years! Some hints for getting unstuck include: Keep trying, try different methods, and try explaining what you don’t understand to someone else.
- Talking about how is interesting. Different people bring different talents to maths – and solve problems in different ways. If you ask someone else how they worked something out, you’ll learn something – even if you were both right.
- Visit Maths on Toast to find many exciting and engaging learning activities to support maths.
It is really important to keep practicing key number skills such as times tables, number bonds and halves/doubles. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Islington KS1 Maths Facts
- Islington LKS2 Maths Facts
- Islington UKS2 Maths Facts
- Oxford Owl online Maths games
- Top Tips for teaching maths at home
- Time Tables Charts (PDF)
Oxford Owl How to practise times tables
You can also support younger children by singing songs about numbers.
There are many ways you can support Maths learning whilst out and about. Here are some ideas
It can be tricky to know the best way to support children with maths at home. Often, you know the answer but the methods children use toady can be confusing. Here are some websites and videos that explain the methods.
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 you do your Maths work. You can these videos and so much more at the LGFL Maths at Home site here.
Year 1: Using number lines
Year 2: Recognise, name and write fractions
Year 3: Subtracting numbers
Year 4: 4 Digit Numbers
Year 5: Division with remainders
Year 6: Adding Mixed number fractions
Oxford Owl has many more videos to support maths learning. The you tube playlist can be found here.