Welcome toSpringhead Primary School

Welcome toSpringhead Primary School


Telling the Time

The activities below are intended to support the work in the learning pack for w/c 1.6.20. Some of the activities are more challenging than others so the activities you choose will depend on your child's level of understanding and confidence in this area. 

How to Tell the Time

Make a Paper Plate Clock


I understand that many of you do not have access to a printer at home and so will be searching for more practical maths activities to do with your child.

Measurement is a great topic for practical mathematics and I am sure most of you will have everything you need to help children with measure at home.

Children need to know how many millilitres in a litre, grams in a kilogram, etc. This could be done through fun cooking/baking activities or simply by playing with jugs and containers in the garden. You could also talk about centimetres in a metre and metres in a kilometre.

I have included some links to fun practical maths activities below.

Maths Challenges

If, like me, your child loves maths and you are looking for some fun and interesting challenges for him/her to get his/her teeth into, then look no further. Below are lots of links to maths challenges. Not all of them are curriculum linked but they will get the cogs turning. If your child does attempt any of them, I’d love to see his/her working out.  

5 Minutes a Day

While your child is off school, even 5 minutes of maths per day will help his/her brain to keep ticking. I have attached an example of two ‘5 a Day’ exercises that you might do with your child. It should only take 5 minutes or less. Use these as a guide to create your own once your child has completed these.

Maths Mats

If you would like to do more maths work with your child, there are some maths mats below. Please be aware that not every question on the mats will have been covered in class. You could do some of the questions, such as the ones on weight and measure, practically.

Gareth Metcalfe – Daily Lessons

Gareth Metcalfe is a maths specialist whose material we use regularly in school. We were also lucky enough to have some training from him last year. His area of expertise is reasoning and he is posting free daily reasoning lessons on his website

Doing these lessons daily will be great for your child. Do not worry if you do not do them on the day they are posted. All of the videos are on YouTube to access as and when you would like.

3 Consecutive Numbers, Year 3 & Y4

Three Numbers Challenge, Y3 & Y4

Find all the possible answers on the Three Numbers Challenge. A great way to develop systematic mathematical thinking for children in Y3 and Y4!

Spot the Difference, Y3 & Y4

An exploration of subtraction as difference to build the calculation fluency of children in Y3 and Y4.

Boys, Girls, Children, Y3 & Y4

Use equipment and bar models to unpick sum and difference questions. A great way to build mathematical understanding for Y3 and Y4 children!

Different Stories, Y3 & Y4

Here we look at a range of different word questions that involve calculating the sum and the difference between two numbers. Lots of great opportunities for ...

Shape Puzzles Part 1, Y3 & Y4

Exploring addition and subtraction through shape puzzles. Some great reasoning and an introduction to algebraic thinking for children in Y3 and Y4!

Shape Puzzles Part 2, Y3 & Y4

Here, shape puzzles are used to develop children's reasoning and problem-solving. Algebra for children in Y3 and Y4!

Shapes and Stories, Y3 & Y4

This video helps children to see the link between our shape puzzles and different worded questions. This will really help children in Y3 and Y4 with their pr...

Comparing Prices, Y3 & Y4

In this video we show the links between different problem-solving tasks, helping children in Y3 and Y4 to understand a range of questions involving money. Id...

Strawberries and Spotty Ties, Y3 & Y4

In this video we explore a range of the amazing maths questions that have been sent in. Some great opportunities for problem-solving for Y3 and Y4 mathematic...

Describe, Visualise, Draw, Y3 & Y4

To introduce our shape videos, we are describing, visualising and drawing shapes. A great challenge to extend spatial reasoning for children in Y3 and Y4!

Shapes: Odd One Out, Y3 & Y4

Here we look at a range of shapes and see if we can explain why each one could be the odd one out. A great way for children in Y3 and Y4 to explore shape pro...

Guess the Shape, Y3 & Y4

Today we play guess the shape, where children think about the similarities and differences between shapes to guess the mystery shape. Ideal for helping Y3 an...

Shape Properties, Y3 & Y4

In this video we compare a range of shapes and look at the properties that they have in common. There are lots of possible answers, a great way to discuss sh...

4 Triangles Challenge, Y3 & Y4

Today I introduce a new co-host, then we explore the 4 triangles challenge. A great game for visualising shapes and developing spatial reasoning for children...

Multiplication, I know... so... Y3 & Y4

In this video we look at connections between multiplication facts. Multiplication is shown using arrays and then we use the phrase 'I know... so...' to show ...

Connections in Multiplication, Y3 & Y4

We introduce different strategies for multiplication and encourage children to see connections between different questions. A great way to build understandin...

Multiplication, Different Ways, Y3 & Y4

In this video we use area models to show how multiplication calculations can be broken down in different ways. Great for developing flexible calculation skil...

Multiplication, Largest Product, Y3 & Y4

We explore a wonderful mathematical pattern that exists in mutliplication in this video by multiplying numbers that have the same sum. What will you notice? ...

Products and Sums, Y3 & Y4

After a recap on the skills from a previous video, we explore an investigation involving adding numbers with the same product. Will children notice a pattern...

Division, Matchstick Makers, Y3 & Y4

In this video we show how matchsticks can be used to build an understanding of division. How many triangles and squares can be made? An ideal way of explorin...

Division, Pictures and Thoughts, Y3 & Y4

In this video we help children to see how the visual respresentations that we have used can help them to perform division calculation. This is a key building...

Division, Going Camping, Y3 & Y4

In this video we explore division through the context of counting. Can children work out how many tents the campers will need? Some great opportunities for r...

Tents, Eggs, Teams, Y3 & Y4

In this video, children are given a range of real-life scenarios that involve division. How will they interpret the answers in each context? Great for unders...

Do I Multiply? Y3 & Y4

In this video we explore a range of different context questions and look at the correct operation to use to calculate the answers. Children need to think abo...

Finding Factors Part 1, Y3 & Y4

In this video we explain what a factor is and we look at calculation strategies for finding factors. This will deepen the challenge for children in Y3 and Y4!

Finding Factors Part 2, Y3 & Y4

Here we deepen the children's understanding of finding factors, using different calculation strategies. The Y3 and Y4 children are becoming very flexible in ...

White Rose Maths

Follow the link below to find videos, resources and answers for several different areas of maths. The lessons are topics we have already covered so far this year. However, it will be beneficial to your child to go back over these concepts as they are quite complex. 

The lessons from Week 1 are included in the home learning packs for 20.4 to 1.5 so your child may have already completed these. There are videos to support this learning if your child needs some extra help. 

Countdown Numbers Game

Just like on TV, the countdown numbers game is great fun for the whole family. My classes have always enjoyed this game. It requires them to think outside the box and play with numbers in a way they might not normally. I think it is great for embedding addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills and encouraging deeper mathematical thinking.