Mathematics

What can I do to help my child?

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Be supportive

Not everyone loves maths. But everyone uses maths in their everyday life, so it is important for your child's future that they are successful in mathematics. One of the easiest ways to help ensure that this happens is to be supportive of their experiences in maths. Do you spend as long helping your child learn about maths as you do reading? Do you show a positive attitude towards your child's maths homework? You are your child's most important role model and their attitude towards maths is likely to reflect your own.

It is easy to be interested in the books your child is reading, the writing they are doing, and the sports they are playing at school. Try to be equally interested in the maths they are learning.

Listen to them

The Numeracy Project aims to encourage children to think about different ways of solving problems, and to be able to explain them to others. If your child is explaining how they answered a question - LISTEN. They may not answer it the same way that you would, but that does not mean they are wrong. Expect your child to use different strategies to solve problems. Encourage them to explain their thinking. Sometimes you might need to use materials, such as counters, or pen and paper for them to demonstrate what they mean. Be prepared to try different strategies yourself!

Give them opportunities to do maths

Maths is everywhere! Regardless of the age or ability of your child there are opportunities for them to practice their maths.

If your child is learning to count - count things. You may count the number of steps in a staircase, the number of toys on the floor, the number of cars driving past, or anything else you can think of. The more your child counts, the better they will get.

If your child is learning to add - add things. This could be easy things such as the number of knives on the table plus the number of forks on the table, or more difficult things such as the cost of items at the supermarket. Don't forget to subtract as well.

Ask your child what they are doing in maths at school and try to use it in everyday life. If they are learning about fractions, ask them about fractions "What fraction of people in our family are children?" "What fraction of the milk is left?". This will not only give them practice, but also show them that maths relates to the 'real' world.

Some great contexts for maths are:

  • Money - counting and calculating. Pocket money, banking, shopping...
  • Measuring things - lengths, areas, volumes, cooking ingredients...
  • Travelling - reading numbers on signs for young children, calculating distances and speeds for older children.
  • Games - Monopoly, Bingo, board games, cards...
  • Time/timetables.

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Activities to support your child

Select a domain or stage from the table below to display the related activities. Choosing a cell from within the table will display the activities related to that domain AND stage. Click for information on "What is the Number Framework?". Click the link preceeding this to access links below in coloured table.

  Number Sequence Place Value Number Facts
Stage 0-3 Numbers to 20   Facts with 10
Stage 4 Numbers to 100 Numbers to 100 Addition facts
Stage 5 Numbers to 1000 Numbers to 1000 Single digit multiplication facts
Stage 6 Numbers to 1 000 000 All whole numbers and tenths Multi digit multiplication facts and fractions that add to 1
Stage 7-8 Fractions, percentages and negative numbers Decimals, percentages and powers of ten Common factors, divisibility rules and conversion of common fractions

 Maths Afternoon August 13 Term 3 2014

Summary of session:

Key areas:

  • There are several areas within Mathletics which can easily be explored with your child.
  • Rainforest maths good for learning with your child in areas of need.
  • Sometimes the teacher will set tasks.
  • Students are expected to choose what they would like to do and work through the tasks, seeking help from a parent or if too many difficulties we expect them to talk to their teacher.
  • Some of the work will have been covered in class whilst some will not and provide an opportunity to have a go and follow any tutorials provided. Generally they are expected to do it independently with a minimal help from parents. This may mean sitting with them for a set and working through it and them they do t again independently.
  • When all questions have been got right in a particular area, a gold bar will be achieved. These areas can be revisited from time to time to ensure knowledge is solid.
  • It is absolutely OK to have pencils and paper at the ready and for your child to work out some on paper.
  • We do not supply basic facts cards as these can be obtained from the $2 Shop.  We encourage those in Stage 5 (Year 3-4+) and above to do this.
  • Instant recall of basic facts starts developing and consolidating around Year 3. Instant recall takes longer with some students- practise little and often. 
  • We encourage the setting of expectations at home that Mathletics is done regularly and students should be gaining 1000-2000 points per week.  1000 gets a Bronze certificate. Only one certificate can be gained each week.
  • We expect students to do it online as that is the world they are living in and it is the way we try to personalise and monitor their home learning. 
  • Mathletics Live is beneficial for building up basic facts instant recall.
  • Many of the students that find maths challenging are the ones that do not do Mathletics- we encourage regular use of it and if it is too difficult see the class teacher in the first instance.

 

 To register for a weekly Mathletics report click here.

 

Also information about what you can do to help your child at home (see link below). There is also an explanation of the numeracy stages and activities that can be done to go with each.

How can I help my child at home/ Numeracy Stages.

Teachers shared a range of games that can be played at home. One of the easiest types are card games (using a pack of card) or dice games. Games were demonstrated at the meeting.

See link below for a range of games that can be played with our child.

 

 

 

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