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 and carers
- 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.
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.
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.
More free resources to help children with maths from National Numeracy: