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How to help your child at home

Try to make mathematics at home as much fun as possible - games, puzzles and jigsaws are a great way to start.


It's also important to show how we use mathematics skills in our everyday lives and to involve your child in this.


Identifying problems and solving them can also help your child develop mathematics skills. If you see him or her puzzling over something, talk about the problem and try to work out the solution together.


Don't shy away from mathematics if you didn’t like it at school. Try to find new ways to enjoy the subject with your child.


Tips for helping your child to enjoy mathematics:

• Point out the different shapes to be found around your home

• Take your child shopping and talk about the quantities of anything you buy

• Let your child handle money and work out how much things cost

• Look together for numbers on street signs and car registration plates

• Sing multiplication tables up to 12 x 12

• Test each other on different ways to add or subtract to reach any number up to 20

• Get cooking! Using scales and a cookbook to measure ingredients for a cake are great maths