What can I do to support my child's Maths learning?
Some children develop a better understanding of numbers than others. You can support your child in the classroom by providing opportunities for them to explore number concepts at home.
Developing Maths skills in everyday life is the key to confidence in Maths.
Successful learning depends on having problem solving skills and thinking logically as well as the ability to read and write.
At SMFR all children have a daily Maths lesson, but an easy way to boost their skills and motivation is by showing them how useful number skills are in almost everything they do.
Children can have fun:
Praise your child for trying, even if they get stuck or get things wrong.
New experiences and discoveries are always stimulating, and they don't have to be expensive or elaborate:
• if you go for a country walk, try collecting leaves of different shapes, looking for insects or signs of wild animals, and thinking about why metal goes rusty or lichen grows on one side of trees
• introduce your child to simple map-reading using a road atlas or map of your area
• on holiday, be aware of all the things that are different to home - buildings, accents and languages, clothes, food, customs and so on
• find out if there are clubs in your area which will interest your child - try the local library or leisure centre for information.
The 99 Club is a set of timed challenges for pupils to practice and rehearse their mental skills. Each challenge is set against the clock and children are given time to complete each stage, usually 10 minutes but this does vary. Here you can download the sheets for the correct level.