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Everyday maths for everyone

Everyone wants the best for their children so here’s some good news!

It’s not difficult to support your child’s maths learning everyday – most parents use some, if not most, of the ideas below at some point and it can soon become a great habit. Supporting your child’s learning with no real effort is a pretty good deal!

All of the ideas here are suitable for primary school learners in Reception, Key Stage 1 (KS1), Key Stage 2 (KS2) and (with a little thought) even as they move into secondary education. Just consider the need and current understanding of the child and then change the complexity based on this. Sometimes this involves larger numbers but can also mean a change in the type of question– get the learner thinking with questions and directions which require them to explain their reasoning (e.g. How did you work that out? How would you explain that to somebody else?)

So, have a go at these with your child:

Notice and find numbers

Where? 

On road signs, on car number plates, in prices when shopping, in books, on clocks.

Ask

What is that number? What is this digit? What’s 1 more than that? What’s 10 more? 100 more? What’s 1 less?  Which number is the greatest/smallest? How do you know? Explain how you find 10 more. Can you count on from that number? In 1s? In 2s? In 10s? What is the minute hand pointing to? What is the hour hand pointing to? Why does the hour hand move slower?

Sort, count and compare numbers and objects

When?

When sorting washing (pairs of socks are great for counting in 2s), when setting the table, when making party bags, when preparing food, when shopping.

Ask 

How many are there? Have they been shared fairly? Which group has the most? And the least? What is the total? Are there enough? (e.g. plates for everyone, money to pay for shopping, spaces in the car) Who is the oldest? Who is the youngest?

Play number games

When/where?

Anytime! Walking to school. In the car. At bedtime. At mealtime.

Ask 

What is 5+2? What is one less than 29? What is 6 x 7? Stand up on multiples of 5, clap when you hear a multiple of 3. Make a board game. Play a board game. Show your child how to play solitaire (AKA patience). Count the steps to school. How many steps will this be a week? A month? A year?

The possibilities are endless.

Remember to remain positive about maths – even if your own experience of maths at school was less than positive help your child to enjoy it.

For more daily practice ideas take a look at our website and the free samples of our forthcoming resources.

Please feel free to add your own ideas in the comments below, or on our Facebook page.