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Maths can be a difficult subject to know where to start with; approaches to teaching maths have changed over the years. 

To help parents, we have put together a useful document which details the ways in which we teach calculations. We hope this is helpful! 

Click here for Maths Calculation Guidance


Maths - Top tips for parents and families:

  • Be positive about maths. Don't say things like "I can’t do maths" or "I hated maths at school; your child might start to think like that themselves.
  • Point out the maths in everyday life. Include your child in activities involving maths such as using money, cooking, telling the time and travelling.
  • Praise your child for effort rather than talent - this shows them that by working hard they can always improve.
    • Quick recall - Help them to learn their tables and have quick recall ofall tables up to 12 x 12 (by the end of Y4) and related division problems – e.g. how many 6s in 42?
  • Practise number bonds – e.g. pairs of numbers that make 10,20, what do you add to 45 to get 100?
  • Solving puzzles - Encourage children to get involved in applying their skills - e.g. Suduko, Logic puzzles, games of strategy. Puzzles can be found on the NRICH website
  • Use technology - online resources and games that the children can access independently e.g. Sumdog/Purple mash
  • Homework - Encourage independence when completing homework– send it back with a note if any problems – it shouldn’t be a battle!


There are also a couple of websites below containing useful resources for families; there's loads out there, so please ask Mrs. Wiltshire if you want to find out more.