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Ideas for helping with maths at home

As parents and carers you play a vital role in supporting your child's development of mathematical skills and understanding.


Finding opportunities for your child to practise and apply their mathematical understanding in a variety of practical ways at home and also when out and about would be very beneficial. For example, when shopping, measuring and cooking.


Below is a list (by no means exhaustive) of some of the ways maths can be used during your everyday lives.


Most importantly, have fun with Maths!

Watching TV Counting programmes 
 Telling the time 
 Adding lengths of time e.g. one programme is 30 minutes and one is 60 minutes; how long altogether? 
 Reading a TV guide 
 Calculating durations of time e.g. the programme starts at 6.30 and last for 45 minutes, what time does it finish? 
Football (playing and watching matches) Calculating lengths of time 
 Counting the scores 
 Calculations based on league tables e.g. Millwall have 44 points and have played 44 games, how many games could they have won, drawn and lost? 
Shopping/cafes/restaurants Adding and subtracting money 
 Comparing prices (most/least expensive) 
 What could I afford with £10? 
 Calculating change from £10 note 
 Value for money (buy one get one free etc.) 
Swimming Calculating distances/speed 
 Calculating time (in seconds and minutes) 
Cinema Calculating time durations e.g. how long was the film if it started at this time? How much longer than this film? 
Beach day out Running on the beach e.g. how fast can they run? (time/distance) 
 Calculating distances 
 Counting/sorting shells or pebbles 
Riding a bike Calculating distance/speed 
Park Counting children 
 Comparing how many girls/boys/adults etc 
 Adding and taking away children as they leave and arrive 
 Sorting leaves/acorns/conkers/fir cones 
 Comparing largest/smallest trees 
In the garden Measure and record (table and graph form) how plants grow over time 
 Compare several plants 
In the kitchen Measuring temperature/rainfall 
 Counting e.g. pasta shapes, tins, jars 
 Converting measures 
 Shapes/volume of packaging 
 Ordering by weight/price/amount of fat 
 More than/less than 
 Fractions e.g. if I use half of the tin, how much will the leftovers weigh? 
 Sorting washing 
 Using calendars and diaries 
Out and about Number plates e.g. calculating with the digits 
 Odd and even house numbers e.g. what number will be next? 
 Shapes in the real world e.g. can you spot a rectangle/triangle/circle? 
 Estimating and measuring distances using non-standard units e.g. how many steps from our house to the car/park/shop? 
 Counting and sorting cars by colour/make/model/age 
 Train and bus timetables and calculating times 
At home Talking about directions when walking around or playing with toy vehicles etc. e.g. forwards, backwards, straight on, turn left/right 
 Playing games - dominoes, snakes and ladders, Monopoly, bingo, Yahtzee, various card games 
 Making models with building bricks, Lego, boxes etc. Talk about shape and position; count the number of similar shapes etc. 

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