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Helping your child with Maths

Helping your child at home


Try to make mathematics at home as much fun as possible - games, puzzles and jigsaws are a great way to start. It's also important to show how we use mathematics skills in our everyday lives and to involve your child in this.


Identifying problems and solving them can also help your child develop mathematics skills. If you see him or her puzzling over something, talk about the problem and try to work out the solution together.


Don't shy away from mathematics if you didn’t like it at school. Try to find new ways to enjoy the subject with your child.


Tips for helping your child to enjoy mathematics:

  • Point out the different shapes to be found around your home.
  • Take your child shopping and talk about the quantities of anything you buy.
  • Let your child handle money and work out how much things cost.
  • Look together for numbers on street signs and car registration plates
  • Sing multiplication tables up to 12 x 12
  • Test each other on different ways to add or subtract to reach any number up to 20
  • Get cooking! Using scales and a cook book to measure ingredients for a cake are great maths skills.



We have a structured progressive approach to teaching calculations at Joseph Turner. With the changes to the new curriuculum children are expected to achieve more at a younger age. In Key Stage 1 the children are introduced to informal methods of calculating using pictures and number lines to explain and record their work. As the children progress through the school, they are introduced to more formal methods of calculating with expanded written methods to explain and record their work. By the time our children leave Year 6 we expect them to be calculating using different written methods. Children are given opportunities to use a range of equipment to support and enhance their learning. Please see attached for our new updated version of the calculation policy.