If you would like to support your child with his/her maths during this time of school closures, there are many ways you could do so. There are some supporting materials below.
One area which many child often find a challenge is telling the time. This could be the perfect time for you to ensure that your child can tell the time accurately and confidently on both digital and analogue clocks. Your child should be able to make connections between the time on a digital clock and the corresponding time on an analogue clock.
There is a link below to the some great websites that has lots of great games and engaging activities to help your child to learn to tell and understand the time.
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.
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.
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 www.iseemaths.com/lessons34/
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.
White Rose Maths
Follow the link below to find two weeks’ worth of videos, resources and answers for several different areas of maths. The lessons covered in weeks 1 and 2 are on 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.
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.