Supporting your child with their maths

The maths work your child is doing at school may look very different to the kind of ‘sums’ you remember. At Wheeler, we teach the children to use various mental and written strategies to solve problems. When faced with a calculation problem, encourage your child to ask… ‘

 Can I do this in my head? ‘

Could I do this in my head using drawings or jottings to help me? ‘

Do I need to use a written method? 

Reasoning, discussion and explaining how we have reached answers is a really important part of our maths work at Wheeler. When supporting your child with maths, ask them to explain their thinking. You could ask: how do you know the answer is correct? How could you check?

If you would like to know which methods are being taught in your child’s year group, please speak to your child’s class teacher. Click here to access a glossary of maths terms you may have heard and want to know more about.

Times tables and number facts

Times tables and number facts underpin much of the maths your children will learn as they progress through the school. Supporting your child to learn their number bonds, multiplication facts and division facts is an invaluable way for you to support them with their maths. Even if they already know them, helping them to get quicker and more efficient will make a big difference.

In summary, here are the times tables and number facts each year group should be learning:

Year 1
·         number bonds for each number to 10 (e.g. 2 + 7 = 9, 8 – 4 = 4)

·         number bonds to ten (e.g. 8 + 2 = 10, 10 – 2= 8)

·         doubles and halves of numbers to ten

Year 2
·         number bonds to 20 (e.g. 18 + 2 = 20, 20 – 2 = 18)

·         doubles and halves of numbers to 20

·         multiplication and division facts for the 2x table

·         multiplication and division facts for the 10x table

·         multiplication and division facts for the 5x table

Year 3
·         number bonds for each number to 20 (e.g. 12+7 = 19, 13 – 5 =8)

·         multiplication and division facts for the 3x table

·         multiplication and division facts for the 4x table

·         multiplication and division facts for the 8x table

·         facts about durations of time (seconds, hours, days, etc)

Year 4
·         number bonds to 100 (e.g. 45 + 55 = 100, 100 – 55 = 45)

·         number bonds to 60 (to support telling the time)

·         multiplication and division facts for the 6x table

·         multiplication and division facts for the 9x table

·         multiplication and division facts for the 11x table

·         multiplication and division facts for the 7x table

·         decimal equivalents of fractions

·         multiplying and dividing single-digit numbers by 10 and 100

Year 5
·         decimal number bonds to 1 and 10 (e.g. 4.5 + 5.5 = 10, 10 – 4.5 = 5.5)

·         multiplication and division facts for the 12x table

·         metric conversions between kg/g, km/m/cm/mm, l/ml

·         prime numbers up to 20

·         square numbers up to 12² and their square roots

·         factor pairs of any given number

Year 6
·         multiplication and division facts up to 12 x 12

·         common factors of a pair of given numbers

·         conversion between decimals, fractions and percentages

·         prime numbers up to 50

 

There are lots of fantastic free online games to help children practise their number facts and times tables in a fun and engaging way. Here are some sites which you may find useful:

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/counting

http://www.ictgames.com/resources.html

http://www.maths-games.org/

Don’t forget your child has access to lots of great games on www.activelearnprimary.co.uk and www.sumdog.com

Speak to your child’s class teacher if you need a reminder of their log in details.

 

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