EYFS & Year 1&2
Maths is everywhere. At home you can get your youngest children sorting shapes, looking for shapes around them, matching pairs of socks, looking at patterns of objects and counting things like food, toys or pencils. It’s about making mathematics fun and part of their everyday lives.
Year 1 children need to be able to explain, demonstrate and recall addition and subtraction facts to 20. Year 2 need to be able to explain, demonstrate and recall 2, 5, and 10 times tables. The 3 times table is also included as it gives the first opportunity for repeated addition to be turned into multiplication tables.
Talking about and playing games dealing with number helps to understand addition and subtraction. Allowing your child to use money and buy items can help their understanding. In addition, referring to the clock and reading the time can help your child to understand the concept of time and of course everyone loves weighing out the sugar for a delicious cup-cake. Most importantly make maths fun and open it up to the world around them, rather than just question after question.
The Maths at home resource
As a school we have turned every statement in the mathematics National Curriculum into a support video. The videos shows you what we teach in school and give you ideas for how you can help your child at home. You will need your child’s Fronter username and password to access the content. Please see your child’s class teacher if your are not sure of these details. You can access the resource by clicking the link below.
It is open to 94% of schools in London and around 1000 schools around the country. It is accessed over 10,000 times week (data from February 2017)
You can support your child’s mathematical development by helping them to learn their times tables. They should already know their 2, 5 and 10 times tables and will be expected to know their 3, 4 and 6 times tables by the end of Year 3 and the rest of their times tables to 12x12 by the end of Year 4. Allow your child to experience everyday maths in real-life situations, such as shopping, cooking, telling the time and reading timetables. These opportunities will provide your child with a firm structure and underpin basic mathematical concepts.
Your child is probably already familiar with Maths Whizz and is, hopefully, in a regular routine of logging on and completing maths tutorials. At parents’ evenings we will provide you with further information about age appropriate maths learning objectives for your child.
Here is a hologram. To make this the children were asked to draw 2D shapes, use the 2d shape to make the net of a 3D shape. Then the children used an iPad to show their understanding of rotation of shape. When you combine all that knowledge about properties of shape, the ability to measure angles and length and an ability to rotate an object through 90 degrees, you get something breathtaking.
Year 5 children will be continuing to develop a range of mathematical concepts which include adding and subtracting larger numbers using counting on and column methods as well as multiplying and dividing using pencil and paper methods, including chunking, grid method and long multiplication and division. They will also be using division to find fractions of numbers, understand what each digit represents in a decimal number and know their multiplication tables up to 12x12. The children will also be developing their word problem skills and be able to explain their answers and thoughts using mathematical language.
Year 6 children will be continuing to develop a range of mathematical concepts which include adding and subtracting decimal numbers using counting on and column methods. Multiplying and dividing decimal numbers using pencil and paper methods. They will be simplifying fractions and identifying which fraction is larger, calculating percentages of whole numbers, estimating angles and using a protractor to measure accurately, use multiplication tables up to 10x10 to aid in mental division. The children should be able to solve word problems and be able to explain their answers and thoughts using mathematical language.
When at home it is important that children have the opportunity to explain and talk about their maths work. Encourage them to help with shopping, cooking, telling the time and reading timetables as it will provide a real life context to the maths work they are doing in class and give them a purpose to use their maths outside of school. Mathematics is not about knowing the right answer, it’s about knowing how you got there so you can apply it to any situation. So, if you think it’s mathematical putting the washing on, fixing a fence, painting a wall or hanging a picture, get your child involved.