Help your child to remember what they have learnt this year. Summer ideas are listed below:
Thank you to everyone who came to our Maths workshops. We practised long multiplication and long division (juniors) and learnt how to use the Maths equipment (infants). We really appreciate all the support that you give the children with their work at home. If you missed it, see the parent guides for what we teach in each year and the methods we use.
TTrockstars and Sumdog
All children have their own login and password for ttrockstars and sumdog. These fun games help your child to practise their maths skills. If your child has mislaid their login details they can ask their class teacher.
Our new Mental Maths club is called the 99 club. Children will be rewarded with stickers for completing each level correctly 3 times within the given time.
For practice materials, see the bottom of this page.
The National Curriculum
The aims of the National Curriculum are:
- Problem solving supported by
- Fluency and
Problem solving is supported by a Growth Mindset.
This means that we can 'grow our brains'.
Just as athletes need to train, and building muscles hurts, so in Maths we need to stretch our brains with solving problems and puzzles that we find hard. Activities that we find challenging and 'make our brains hurt' are helping us to grow!
How you can support Problem Solving at home
A key part of developing a Growth Mindset is NEVER GIVE UP.
'I don't understand YET' - it is important to understand that learning is a journey. Maths that we can't do at the beginning is the most exciting Maths and we feel a great sense of achievement once we have unlocked the problem.
Encourage your child to try puzzles from the newspaper or use websites such as
The children really enjoy trying Ken Ken puzzles. They can start with the easiest and progress to the larger puzzles.
How you can support Fluency at home
A great app for learning times tables is https://www.mathsrockx.com/
The app teaches children to sing the times tables along to their favourite pop songs.
Fluency means being able to perform calculations confidently and quickly. This means being confident in the four operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Essential skills are:
- Rapid recall of Number Bonds
- Rapid recall of Times Tables
You may have read in the press that a new Times Tables test will be introduced in 2017. Children should know all their times tables to 12 x 12 by the end of year 4. They should be able to recall facts rapidly in different formats, eg
6 x 7 = ?
3 x ? = 24
56 ÷ ? = 8
See the Parents' Guides below for which tables are required in each year.
Number bonds are the addition and subtraction facts. Children should learn
Number bonds to 10 eg 3 + 7 = 10, 10 - 6 = 4 Number bonds within 10 eg 3 + 4 = 7, 8 - 3 = 5
Number bonds to 20 eg 12 + 8 = 20, 20 - 15 = 5
Number bonds within 20 eg 9 + 6 = 15, 13 - 7 = 6
Number bonds to 100 eg 81 + 19 = 100, 100 - 73 = 27
Reception/Year 1 songs
Other Times Table songs
How you can support Reasoning at home
Reasoning means that the children can explain why they are doing something. They should not only be able to tell you the answer to a problem, but how they got to the answer and how they know it's the right answer.
Maths in Everyday Life
It is important that children realise that Maths is not just about lessons at school, but is part of everyday life. With infant children, please practise counting - forwards and backwards to 100. Then work on counting in 2s, 5s, and 10s. One fun way to do this is 'Let's have a cuddle while we count to 100'.
Children should learn to count verbally and using objects such as pieces of pasta, Lego etc. Make counting a fun part of everyday life!
Telling the Time
Please help your children to learn to tell the time. They need to be able to read analogue (normal clocks), digital and 24 hour clocks. From year 4 onwards they can even learn to read clocks with Roman Numerals!