Maths Home Learning - Skills for revisiting what your child already knows
Learning to count, recognise shapes and sizes starts from a very early age. The language we use with children is the most powerful resource we have to develop their knowledge of problem solving and reasoning.
There are many things that you will already do everyday with your little one that you don't even realise are adding to your kids bank of mathematical knowledge. For example:
- Counting as you walk up and down the stairs
- Singing number songs such as 5 little ducks
- Counting their fingers and toes
- Playing peekaboo - your little one is beginning to understand the concept of things being out of sight
- Counting out how many objects they have when they are playing
Here are some other activities that may be helpful:
- If you are tired of singing the same songs and fancy something different 'Baby Bum' does all the leg work for you plus you can get it on Netflix if you have it too.
- Use playdough to cut out different shapes or numbers - have a dig around in the cupboard to find any cookie cutters or roll the playdough into a worm shape and make the numbers yourself.
- Twinkl again have great playdough maths resources if you have a printer - if not just copy the designs onto a piece of paper yourself.
- Counting candles on a cake is also great - this can also be done with playdough or with play food.
- Playing shops is also great - count together how many items they have bought and make price tags with simple numbers up to 10.
- Not got any playdough? You can make yourself some here, hopefully you can find the ingredients somewhere out there or you might already have it in the cupboards.
- Numberblocks on the BBC is a great resource for kids, so much that it's recommended that our kids at school watch it. You can pick a certain number to learn - so if you child already knows a few you can start on a different number.
- When you talk to your child, speak to them about the shape of objects: Is it round? Is it flat? It is pointy? You can even count the sides of a shape.
- Spot simple shapes around the house or while you are on a walk.
- Spot numbers while you are out and about on bins, buses (if they are running), number plates and on houses.
Remember that it's not the expectation that you are going to 'teach' your child while they are off school, you are just going to be revising what they have already learnt and adding to the knowledge they already know.
It's unlikely that you know where your child is at at school so here are a few bits to help:
- At the end of Reception your child should know numbers 0-20 and basic shapes such as square, circle, triangle and rectangle.
- At the end of Year 1 your child should be able count to and across 100, forwards and backwards, beginning with 0 or 1, or from any given number. They should also be able in 2's and 10's.
- At the end of Year 2 your child should be able to count in steps of 2, 3, and 5 from 0, and in 10s from any number, forward and backward.
As you can see counting is the most important thing you can continue to do with your child everyday.
Here are a few ideas, activities or website that might be helpful:
- White rose is a maths website that we use in schools but they have released some home learning resources for parents to use. These are simple activities divided into year groups that are easy to access with lots of guidance on how to use them.
- Timestable rock stars is a great resource to use if your kids have been given a code from school, please take advantage of this. This a fantastic resource to get kids cracking on their 2's, 5's and 10's.
- Practising times tables in one of the best things your child can do. Timestable.co.uk has some great games for kids to play on.
- Oxford Owl also has some great resources for home learning too.
- Making repeated patterns with kids in a great you can start off with using any objects then introduce shapes. Twinkl have great shape worksheets here.
- You can also cut shapes out of paper and make shape pictures.