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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

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4 easy ways to practise division at home

In primary school, children learn that division is about sharing things or grouping things. Here, we have put together some easy activities that you can try at home to build your child’s understanding of division. 1. Real life opportunities Sharing or grouping toys, food, money or counters – whenever we help our children to share … 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

Children’s dictionaries – how to find the right dictionary for your child

Looking up an unfamiliar word in the dictionary can be a daunting task for many children. Without specially written definitions suited to their reading level, using a dictionary will be frustrating and discouraging, with each new definition containing more confusing words than the last! Encouraging children to use an appropriate dictionary on their own terms … 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

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.