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Everyday activities to practise subtraction

As you would expect, subtraction is a key concept in the primary maths curriculum. Children start to learn about subtraction in their first year of primary school and it is something they continue to build upon all the way through to Year 6 (Primary 7). Here we have put together some easy activities that you … Read more

Key Stage 2 SATs – advice and help for parents

With Key Stage 2 SATs slowly appearing on the horizon, you might be wondering how you can best help your Year 6 child prepare. Fortunately, we have a wide range of useful resources to give you a head start in figuring out exactly what SATs involve and how you can support your child. Take a … Read more

Cooking with kids - early maths skills

Cooking with kids – developing early maths skills

Children love to help with cooking and baking. It’s great fun, and a brilliant way to talk about maths together. The trick is to choose recipes that give your child as much control as possible, so they feel like they are the ones doing the cooking. And don’t worry about perfect results. Muffin and biscuit … Read more

7 ways to practise multiplication skills at home

In primary school, multiplication is introduced to children as something we use in our real lives. Real things, especially fun or interesting things, bring maths to life and help children to learn using touch and even taste and smell, as well as sight and sound. Here, we have put together some easy activities that you … Read more

early counting skills

Early numeracy skills: 6 fun ways to encourage counting

It’s never too early to explore numbers and counting with your child. Talking about numbers and counting early and often will show your child that numbers are part of everyday life. There are loads of fun and easy things you can try to help your child to explore numbers, giving them a great start to … Read more

Five easy ways to explore fractions with your child

Fractions seem to be one of those concepts that some children find difficult to grasp. Luckily, there are lots of easy ways you can relate fractions to everyday life to help explore them in an enjoyable way. 1. Food and fractions The good news is that food and fractions make a great combination. Fractions are … Read more

Times tables tips

Confidence with times tables really is important for children in primary school. While it may seem tedious to practise times tables with your child and you might have bad memories of reciting times tables at school, by ensuring your child is confident with times tables you will be giving them some essential tools for success … Read more

How to: the grid method of multiplication

For some, maths homework is a breeze. For others, it’s a weekly chore. Just how do you engage children with something like multiplication? It’s (relatively) simple: encourage them to spot and understand the patterns. Here, former teacher and mathemagician Andrew Jeffrey shows us how to use the grid method of multiplication.