How can I support my child with Maths?
First of all, check the topic webs on the website for your child’s class. These will include the areas of maths to be covered each half-term.
Support and encourage your child to regularly practise their mental maths bonds or tables and to complete weekly/half-termly homework tasks.
Use some of the links provided to access online resources.
Encourage your child to have a positive mindset, particularly if you did not have a positive maths experience at school yourself. Your child’s confidence in maths will be far stronger if they are able to persevere with a tricky problem, make and learn from mistakes, and make links across different areas of maths. Help them to break questions down into smaller steps, start from what they do know and go from there!
Talk to your child about how they work out answers and how they can check and record their thinking. This can be far more useful to their development as a mathematician than just knowing that an answer is correct!
Use opportunities in daily life to show your child how maths is applied in the real world. You could talk about prices and quantities when shopping and how much change you will receive. If baking, encourage your child to read the recipe and weigh out the ingredients accurately. You could ask them to check timetables of events or journeys and discuss distance and direction.
If you feel that your child is still struggling, speak to your child’s teacher about the methods being taught (see our Calculation Policy for details) and any specific areas that your child may need to work on.