Homework Tips for Mathematics
Learning tables is very important and it helps if children can practice them regularly. Here is a link to a web site page that provides practice for fives minute intervals at a level that is chosen by you. Try it out.
Here is another game made by Oliver Heffernan – it is an excel game which you will need to download to play. Download.
We feel it is very important that parents know what the schools calculation methods are. One of the aims of the “Open School” initiative is to provide a chance for parents to get to know the methods used in maths. Here are two links that will also help you understand these methods and therefore give you the chance to help your child should they need assistance when at home.
Here are some more videos of the children demonstrating mathematical methods:
Key Stage 2 covers school years 3 to 6 (7-11 year olds), and if you have children of this age this is what they will be learning as part of financial education:
Colin buys a chocolate bar for 1 x one pound coin. Simon spends 4 X 20 pence coins on a packet of crisps. How much do they spend in total?
Answer = £1.80
It’s a great idea to continue your children’s learning at home. Why not use some of the examples above and make up your own questions?
You can also speak to their teacher to find out what is being taught in the classroom to get a better understanding of the level of difficulty and methods being used.
One fun way to teach your kids, and for them to learn, is by using money visually and physically. You could use money at home and ask them to calculate the total amount from a handful of change, or set up a pretend shop and ask them to buy certain items with the exact change.
A great place to go for more question ideas is the IXL website, where you’ll find variety of questions and examples for every school year and every aspect of maths, not just related to financial education.
If your child is about to take their SAT exams see if you can find some practice papers to help them feel more comfortable about what they’ll be asked before the big day.
The Pfeg website is a fantastic resource for all thing financial education related. Although designed mainly for teachers, it offers a host of resources on a variety of financial education subjects, not just maths.
Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any problems. All staff are happy to help.
We would also welcome any feedback and additional ideas as to the things you might find helpful. We plan to add to this page with further ideas and links so please feel free to make suggestions.