- A significant positive shift in pupils’ confidence: 88% of teachers disagreed or strongly disagreed with the statement that their pupils lack confidence talking about maths by the end of the project, compared to 55% at the start.
- An increase in pupils actively participating in maths lessons, with 63% of pupils ‘always’ participating in class maths activities, compared to just 48% at the start of the project.
5 ways Family Maths resources can help your students with maths
We asked two teachers from schools involved in the parental engagement project to tell us about the impact our Family Maths resources were having in their schools:
- See the maths outside of the classroom
“The activities helped children to do maths at home and open up to maths, to see outside the box rather than to see it as traditional sums. Maths can be investigative and there’s no right or wrong answer – you can investigate your own way.”
“The activity on going to the park and finding leaves was used across lots of year groups, because it was practical.”
- Break down barriers to parental engagement
“Parents are actually keen to take their learning home.”
“We’re constantly praising the parents at the door, and that actually shows that the parents are keen to get praise.”
- Get started quickly and easily
“It’s something that we could take on board quickly without a lot of planning and prep.It’s not a heavy task for teachers to do time-wise.”
“There is little input outside of class time, apart from reading the sheets so you’re prepped for them and printing them out.”
- Transform attitudes to maths
“The children that used to sit back and shy up, that wouldn’t take part in anything, are actually taking part and there’s a real difference in their motivation.”
“Children see that their parents are doing maths, and doing it with them, and celebrating it.”
- Get parents and children talking about maths – to each other and everyone else!
“There’s definitely a lot more talking about maths going on at home.”
“They’re sharing - it’s about talking to different people at home, having different experiences like going to the park, then that opens up other conversations about what they did.”