Branching out and growing together

How you can help your child

MATHS

Here are some suggestions of games you can play together with young children:

 

I How many? – At home or when you are out, ask your child to count the number of objects they can see. At first, they may need to be able to touch the objects to count successfully. A good technique is to ‘touch, count, move’ so they do not count the same object more than once.

 

I Counting up and down – Ask your child to count up e.g. from zero to twenty. Then count down from twenty to zero. Try asking them to count from a different number e.g. count up from 8 or count down from 14. 5

 

I Number Spotting – Often during the day, ask your child what numbers they can see. There are often many numbers at home they can read. While out, ask your children to read house numbers, telephone numbers on shop signs, bus numbers etc.

 

I Doubling and Halving Numbers – Give your child numbers to double. How many can they get correct in one minute?

 

I Number Bonds – Ask your child to say two numbers that add up to 10, 20 or 100. Can they remember all the pairs of numbers of by heart

 

I Board and Card Games - Snakes and Ladders, Ludo, Bingo etc

 

I Role play and real life experiences – shopping, menus, cooking (dividing food into fractions, doubling a recipe), reading a timetable

 

I Link it to the child’s interests – football league tables, tennis results, swimming lengths

 

I Measuring – lengths, weights, capacity using tape measures, scales and jugs

 

I Online Games – If you have online access, there are many good interactive games and activities to practise maths. Please remember to support your child and ensure they stay safe online.

 

 

Please do not hesitate to come and speak to a member of staff if you have any questions at all.

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