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Mathematics at home

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Mathematics

Numeracy lessons are planned from the National Curriculum and incorporate a mixture of practical experiences, problem solving and formal written work. Strategies for mental calculation are at the heart of our children's mathematical development and provide the foundation stone for secure mathematical knowledge. By linking our mathematical studies to everyday situations, wherever possible, the children increase their understanding of the subject, skills to solve problems and knowledge in all areas of mathematics.

Our policy for calculation can be found here.

We use My Maths online homework. You will need a log in from your class teacher to access the site. A link can be found here.

Mathematics Activities At home — How can you support mathematical development?

Suggestions of activities that could be done at home with an adult. You will find a range of activities that could be done at home or out and about. The activities are by context rather than age range. There are activities suitable for reception to year 6. The best way to consolidate your child's numeracy skills is to use them in real contexts and make numeracy have a purpose. But most of all make using numeracy FUN!

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Shopping

  • looking at prices
  • calculating change — which coins, different combinations
  • deciding on coins to pay a bill
  • guessing the value of a coin from a description
  • weighing fruit and vegetables in the supermarket
  • counting pocket money
  • calculating the price of a holiday from brochures
  • reading labels on bottles, packets, in order to discuss capacity, weight, shape, colour
  • estimating the final bill at the end of shopping while waiting at the cash out
  • calculating VAT, calculating foreign currency exchange rates
  • purchasing litres of petrol and calculating total cost
  • calculating discounts eg 20% reduction, 50% sale price
  • calculating how many tins fill an area on a shelf
  • using shopping bills to calculate change
  • estimating how many apples, tomatoes in a pound
  • calculating bank accounts and rates of interest
  • calculating postage on letters using first or second class stamps
  • writing and sorting shopping lists
  • rubbings of different coins — can we recognise the value?
  • talking about the different shapes of packets, tins etc.
  • calculating the cost of a meal using a menu
  • compare the prices of the same item in different shops
  • using a collection of receipts as a basis for addition, etc
  • calculating the cost of the contents of a lunch box
  • using a scanner in a supermarket
  • using the till receipt to check the shopping
  • calculating price per pound, kilogram, etc
  • Calculating the cost of the family going to the cinema, swimming baths, etc

Time

  • looking at the clock — identify the numbers
  • telling the time
  • calculating how long a journey will take looking at train/bus/airline timetables
  • using TV guide to calculate the length of programmes
  • programming the video, the microwave
  • discussing the seasons
  • looking at a calendar — days, weeks, months
  • planning out birthdays and discussing how many weeks
  • estimating how long it will take to walk/drive to school
  • identifying the day of the week on a newspaper
  • calculating time differences in foreign countries
  • calculating the age given a date, eg I was born in 1954, how old am I? The building was built in 1860, how old is it?
  • discussing the age of family members, putting them in order
  • calculating the time if the clock is 10 minutes fast, 10 minutes slow
  • trying to find a clock in every shop on a visit to town
  • looking at the posting times on the post box
  • discussing events in the day eg tea time, bed time, bath time
  • setting the radio alarm
  • standing still for a minute — count 60 seconds
  • looking at different types of clocks
  • looking at the headstones in a graveyard to calculate ages, etc
  • Vocabulary of time — decade, century, millennium
  • using clocks — analogue and digital

Counting

  • collections of objects — shells, buttons, pretty stones
  • cars on a journey eg how many red cars?
  • animals in a field eg sheep, cows how many animals, legs, eyes etc.
  • stairs up to bed, steps etc
  • stepping stones in the garden
  • railings around the school, park, garden
  • lamp posts, gates, road signs
  • house numbers but emphasising odd and even
  • sports scores — cricket averages, goal averages
  • pages in a story book
  • traffic to pass a house and draw graphs, pie charts to represent data
  • counting up to 10, 20, 100 — backwards and forwards
  • counting buttons, shoes, socks as a child gets dressed
  • tidy a cupboard or shelf and count the contents eg tins, shoes, etc
  • rows of seeds in the garden and plants in pots etc
  • counting particular vehicles on a journey eg Eddie Stobart lorries, motor bikes, etc — using magnetic numbers to make sums on the fridge door
  • counting the legs on pub signs eg Duke of York, The Horse and Farrier
  • tally charts eg bird survey
  • on a bus journey count how many people on the bus, how many get off, etc

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