Helping Your Child at Home

Overview

It is important that children understand that maths is part of everyday life, and not just something that applies within a maths lesson. Although every effort is made to place children's learning within a wider context, it helps hugely if a child is having regular mathematical conversations at home. Great areas for discussion include:

  • Money - Shopping and questions about price, more or less expensive, and change.
  • Time - Conversations about how long it takes to get somewhere, times on both analogue and digital clocks, and using calendars.
  • Measures - Your child could help with cooking or baking? It involves a huge amount of reading scales, measuring, calculating and estimating. Do they have an idea of what basic measures look like? (A litre of milk, and apple weighs around 100g etc)
  • Shape and Direction - Making the language of shape a part of everyday life is a great help as the very specific nature of mathematical vocabulary can be a stumbling block for some children. It's also hugely helpful for children to be familiar with solving shape problems(such as jigsaws) and creating 3D models.

Vocabulary

There is a lot of specific vocabulary associated with mathematics and the National Strategies have produced a useful document that indicates the language a child should become familiar with and comfortable using in each year. This is attached below. 

Helping Your Child in KS2

Attached are a variety of National Strategies documents that are aimed at the parents of Year 5 and 6 children, although they can be helpful to parents throughout KS2.