How you can help your child at home
It is most important that you talk & listen to your child about their work in maths. It will help your child if they have to explain to you.
- Share the maths activity with your child and discuss it with them.
- Be positive about maths, even if 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 cannot do their homework do let the teacher know by either writing a note in your child’s book or telling the teacher.
- A lot of maths can be done using everyday situations and will not need pencil and paper methods.
- Play games and have fun with maths!
Here are some examples of how you can include mathematics at home:
- Looking at prices
- Calculating change – which coins, different combinations.
- Weighing fruit and vegetables in the supermarket.
- Counting pocket money.
- Reading labels on bottles, packets, in order to discuss capacity, weight, shape and colour.
- Estimating the final bill at the end of shopping while waiting at the cash out.
- Calculating the cost of the family going to the cinema, swimming baths, etc.
- Looking at the clock – identify the numbers telling the time using analogue and digital clocks.
- Calculating how long a journey will take looking at train/bus/airline timetables.
- Using TV guide to calculate the length of programmes.
- Programming the oven or the microwave.
- Looking at the posting times on the post box.
- Discussing events in the day e.g. teatime, bed time, bath time.
- Setting an alarm clock.