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.