When looking to support your child's learning at home, why not try some of these ideas:
Play spot the number- focus on the numerals 0 to 10, and challenge your child to find them everywhere–on front doors, clocks, car registrations, birthday cards, buses and more.
Look how the numerals 0–9 are used on phones, calculators and remote controls.
Get into the habit of counting everything with your child, from ducks on the pond to stairs up to bed.
Counting songs and rhymes teach children numbers and order, as well as rhythm and rhyme. ‘One, Two, Buckle my Shoe’, ‘Five Little Ducks’, ‘Ten in the Bed’... how many more can you think of?
- Learn the names of shapes - circle, square, rectangle and triangle. Can you find them all around you?
Division and fractions: Can they share out berries or raisins so everyone has the same amount?
Pattern and sequence: Can they make a repeated pattern of building blocks, or beads on a string? Have a look at patterns in brickwork, tiles and paving.
Measuring: Find a tape measure or height chart and measure everyone in the family. Can they put their teddy bears in size order?
Comparisons: Can they guess which is heavier: a kitchen roll or a small tin of beans?
Capacity: Water play is brilliant fun. Can they fill containers and recognise when they are full and empty?
Time Play: with a stopwatch or egg timer: can your child stand on one leg for one minute? How long does it take to run to the lamppost and back?
A trip to the supermarket: At the supermarket, they could help you count apples into a bag, choose the biggest box of cornflakes, find the cheapest yoghurts and talk about different shapes of items.
Baking: Baking together involves recognising numbers in the recipe, weighing ingredients, counting eggs, measuring out oil or milk, dividing the mixture between paper cases and cooking at the right temperature for the right amount of time.
- Play games together. Games which encourage turn taking are particularly helpful.
- Numberblocks on CBeebies is an excellent resource to support children as they start to take an interest in numbers.
For further information on maths and recommended websites, click on the link below which will take you directly to the Maths section on the school website: