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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:


Times Tables Rock Stars

In either paper form or online, Times Tables Rock Stars is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times tables practice. Each week concentrates on a different times table, with a recommended consolidation week for rehearsing the tables that have recently been practised every third week or so. This format has very successfully boosted times tables recall speed for hundreds of thousands of pupils over the last 8 years in over 16,000 schools - both primary and secondary - worldwide.

In Key Stage 2, all children will be given a username and log in so they can consolidate their times tables at home. www.ttrockstars.com   

Other Links

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

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

provides advice for families and activities for children.