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Helping children with maths

Free maths activities to help your kids at home.

Every family can help their children with maths, you don't need to be an expert and we can help!

Developing number confidence and a positive attitude to maths have a crucial impact on a child’s schooling and their ability to use numbers in everyday life as they grow. 

Watch National Numeracy's Ben talk about how we can help children develop positive attitudes towards maths.

Top tips for parents

  • Be positive about maths. Try not to say things like “I can’t do maths” or “I hated maths at school” – your child may start to think like that themselves
  • Point out the maths in everyday life. Include your child in activities involving numbers and measuring, such as shopping, cooking and travelling
  • Praise your child for effort rather than for being “clever”. This shows them that by working hard they can always improve

Free activities

New for 2021, we are offering 28 free activities for primary school age children to help parents, carers and teachers support children with maths at home.

The activities are aligned to the 2014 English National Curriculum and support school learning, but with National Numeracy's unique emphasis on developing number confidence, a positive attitude and having fun discovering everyday maths together. Our Family Maths Toolkit website also has lots of ideas and resources.

Download the free maths activities:

Reception (ages 4-5)

Year 1 (ages 5-6)

Year 2 (ages 6-7)

Year 3 (ages 7-8)

Year 4 (ages 8-9)

Year 5 (ages 9-10)

Year 6 (ages 10-11)

Star Dash Studios

Star Dash Studios is a free game for mobile and tablet, developed with education experts and award-winning game developers. The game helps show everyday maths in vocational settings, with the player as a runner on a movie set, experiencing their first job in the film business.

Free on the App Store

Free on Google Play

Free on Amazon

Try the National Numeracy Challenge

However you feel about maths, you’re not alone. The National Numeracy Challenge is a free and easy-to-use website you can use to improve your confidence with numbers.   

It’s ideal for brushing up, checking your level, or for catching up on learning you missed, and it’s all about the maths you need in daily life and at work – no algebra or trigonometry.

Feel about maths