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:

Shopping

  • 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.

Time

  • 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.