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This term the Home/School Partnership team has 2 posts for you. Firstly we take a look at Maths and some everyday activities that you can use to support your child’s mathematical learning and understanding. Next week we focus on Oral Language and its importance to all areas of learning. We also explore the impact digital devices can have on its development, particularly in our younger children.

Everyday Maths

Maths T 3

Maths is everywhere in our lives. So many of the everyday tasks we do need mathematical reasoning.

Number is an abstract idea. Practical knowledge of number is gained through everyday experiences of measurement, shape and space and reasoning and exploring relationships. We call these STRAND in our Curriculum.

Even at higher levels, working with digital models requires a good understanding and experience in measuring in a two dimensional world. Practical hands on experiences have never been more essential.

Many of the activities that we do every day at home are great learning opportunities to support this understanding.

Involve your child in:

  • Making dinner at home. Talk about fractions when cutting up vegetables and fruit. Calculate cooking times. Estimate weights.
  • Helping at the supermarket. Compare sizes and prices. Ask your child to get specific items such as a 250gr pack of mince or 2 litres of milk.
  • Mixing a drink for the family measuring cordial, water etc.
  • Telling the time e.g. 5 past, 10 to as well as digital time.
  • Baking. Measuring dry ingredients and liquids is a practical way to improve understanding of volume.
  • Deciding how much money needs to be put into the parking meter and the time you need to be back before the meter expires.
  • Estimating a discount at a sale.
  • Repeating and remembering telephone numbers that they use a lot.
  • Building with blocks and equipment to discover how shapes are constructed and how they fit together in various ways. Draw what it looks like from each side, above and underneath.
  • Playing computer games where tactical decisions have to be made and shapes fitted together.
  • Describing with closed eyes the directions to get from the kitchen, to the bedroom and back to the front door or from home to school.
  • Having a treasure hunt by making a map with clues.
  • Playing board games and doing complicated jigsaw puzzles.
  • Planning and budgeting for a special event.

Try some of these ideas at home to extend and develop your child’s problem solving capabilities. Download a copy of these activities – Maths is an essential part of daily life The Link T3