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Maths - How to help your child at home

11 Nov 2015

Maths
 How you can help your child at home
  • It is important that you talk and listen to your child about their work in maths. It will help your child if they have to explain it to you.
  • Be positive about Maths even in you don’t feel confident about it yourself.
  • Remember, you are not expected to teach your child maths, but please share, talk and listen to your child.
  • If your child can not do their Maths homework, do let the teacher know by either writing a note in your child’s homework book or telling the teacher.
  • A lot of games can be done using everyday situations and will not need pencil and paper methods.
  • Play games and have fun in Maths.
  • This booklet contains some examples of how you can include maths at home.
Counting
  • Collection of objects – shells, buttons, stones, cars, cards, money.
  • Cars on a journey e.g. how many red cars?
  • Animals in a field e.g. sheep, cows.
  • Stairs up to bed, steps etc.
  • Pages in a story books. How many more left?
  • Counting up to 10,20 and 100 forwards and backwards
  • Counting buttons, shoes, socks as child gets dressed.
  • Tidy cupboard or shelf and count the contents eg, tins, shoes, socks, plastic cups, pots, pans etc.
  • Counting particular vehicles on a journey eg. Motor bikes, trucks, cars etc.
  • Count how long it takes for water to fill up bath
Number games
  • Skipping – every skip count 2,3,4, etc
  • Hop scotch
  • Ludo
  • Snakes and ladders
  • Dominoes
  • Cards – number sequences
  • Cards – rummy, snap
  • Bingo
  • Darts
  • Heads and tails and keep a tally
  • Chess and draughts
  • Monopoly
  • Computer and IPad games
  • Connect 4
  • Counting games to practise times tables
  • I spy a number ...with 2 digits
  • Number jigsaws
  • Jigsaws – increase number of pieces
  • Dot to dot numbers
  • Skittles
  • Number cross words
  • Sudoku
Sequencing
  • The main events of the day
  • Routines and what comes next
  • The parts of  a recipe, set of instructions
  • Getting dressed
  • Tying shoe laces
  • Imagine you have a week to do whatever you wish, plan your 7 day week ahead.
  • What to do before I go to school
  • What to do after school
  • Explain how to play a game
Shopping
  • Looking at prices
  • Calculating change – which coins, different combinations
  • Weighing fruit and vegetables
  • Counting pocket money
  • Reading and comparing labels on bottles, packets, in order to discuss capacity, weight, shape and colour
  • Estimating final bill at end of shopping while waiting at the cash out
  • Calculating the cost of the family going to the movies
Fractions
Your pizza costs £4.80. Cut it into 6 equal slices.
How much does each slice cost? How much is half a slice?
How much do 2 slices cost?
What if you cut your pizza into 4 equal slices? What will each section be called?
How much does 1 slice cost now?
How much does half a slice cost now?
Is it the same, more or less than above?
 
Sorting and matching
  • Setting the table and sorting cutlery
  • Sorting socks
  • Sorting washing
  • Sorting groceries
  • Sorting toys
  • Sorting pots and pans
  • Sorting colours in pencil pot
  • Sorting wax crayons
  • Sorting story books size, shape, colour, age group etc., 

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