Helping your children with numeracy It all adds up!
How do we teach mathematics? Daily mathematics lessons Shape, space and measures NumberMental maths Handling data Using and applying
Aims of Mathematics Children will be able to: Build and apply mathematical skills and knowledge Develop as numerate thinkers Apply knowledge to solve increasingly complex problems Use the language of mathematics to reason and explain
Partnership Education is a partnership between home and school!
Maths at home Phone number sums What do all the digits in your phone number add up to? Can you find 10 phone numbers in the phone book with the same total as your phone number? Journey planning Get out a road atlas and find the chart that shows distances between towns and cities. Find Bramhall and choose five places you would like to visit. Which is the furthest? Which is the nearest? If you were travelling at 30mph how long would it take you to get to each place?
Maths at the shops Tables Practice -Counting sets Two: Twin packs of orange juice, yoghurts, socks Threes: Bars of soap, packs of sandwiches, packs of biscuits Fours: Packs of bread rolls, chicken pies, fingers on a chocolate bar. Weight Check for things that weigh exactly 1 kg. Use a 1kg packet to find things that are less than, equal to or greater than 1 kg Percentages What would the shopping items in your trolley be worth if prices were cut by 50%, 25% 10% 20%. What if they were all two for one?
Maths and money Pizza and Fractions Your pizza cost 3.60. Cut it into six equal slices, how much does each slice cost? How much is half a slice? How much does half the whole pizza cost? What if the pizza was cut into quartershow much does one slice cost now? Is it more or less than when it was cut into 6? Why? Supercalifrajalisticexpealidoutius How may letters has it got? If the vowels are worth 5p, and the consonants cost 10p; how much would that be? How much is your name worth? How many words can you write for 1.00? How much for one? Use your calculator to find out how much is one stick of chewing gum, a finger of a chocolate bar, a segment of a tangerine
Maths on time Using a diary Plan out a daily timetable, including school routines, after school clubs and homework days. Planning a holiday Your flight leaves at 10.50 is that day or night? What time do you need to be at the airport? How long is the journey?
Maths on time Beat the clock Time your child as they count back from 100 in 10s, count back from 75 in 5s, start at 6 counting in 10s to 206, start at 37 an count in 30s to 367. World family When your having your lunch what are your relatives doing in Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Sydney?
Maths takes shape Flatten it! Get an empty cereal box (3D) and undo at the seams by undoing the edges. Flatten the box out and see its shape as a 2 dimensional shape. (This is called a net.) Look at the nets of other box shapes. Visualising shapes Close your eyes, imagine there is a cube in front of you. What shape is one side (or face) of a cube? How many sides has it got? How many corners? How many edges? Try with other shapes.
Maths in play Dominoes Spread a set of dominoes face down on the table. Each player chooses a domino at the same time. Add the numbers on the domino together. Whoever has the largest number keeps both dominoes. You can change this by subtracting the dots from a given number, or multiplying them. Ive got a number in my pocket! M y number is less than 100 but what is it? Can you find out what it is in twenty questions? Is it odd or even? Is it more or less than 50? Will it divide by 5?
Maths in play Football crazy Your team is unbeaten in the first ten games of the season: WWDWDDDWWD Where a win (w) is 3 points and a draw (d) is one point and a loss (l) is 0 points; How many points has your team got. Car number games Look at the three digits on a car number plate (eg. 562) what is the biggest number you can make by rearranging the digits? (652). What is the smallest number? (256) Add/multiply the digits together. Count up or down in 10s from that number. Divide/multiply the number by 10. Striker Your favourite football striker is scoring in every game. His record is 2,1,1,2,3,1,2,3,1,4 what is his average (mean) number of goals in each game?
Maths and people Hands up Ask your child to draw round their hand, then around yours. Next place 1p coins inside the outline of the hands. How much is their hand worth. Whose hand is worth more? Is it worth twice as much if its done with 2ps? How much is it worth with 5ps? Wide boy Measure your arm span. Compare the width of your arm span with the rest of your body. Do it with other members of the family, what do you find?
Maths and people How many days old are you? Take your age in years and multiply by 365. Remember 366 in a leap year. Count the number of days since your last birthday and add them altogether. Work out how many minutes old you are? How much do you weigh? Weigh your child on the bathroom scales. Weigh them again while theyre holding a family pet. Can they work out how much heavier they are? Can they find two things heavier/lighter around the house?
Maths at work Taxi driving How many left/right hand turns were there from home? Tips 10% of the bill is the usual amount. As this is one tenth divide the total by 10. Calculate the tip for your taxi driver, waiter, hairdresser etc. VAT Work out the VAT at 17.5% Find 10%, halve to find 5%, halve again to find 2.5% then add them all together. What is the VAT on your fish and chips? Going metric 1 Kilogram bag of sugar is about 2lbs (2.2lbs to be exact) How many pounds would 5 kgs of potatoes weigh?
What can you use to help your children? A globe of the earth Plastic measuring jugs A tape measure A childrens Atlas and road maps Kitchen scales Plastic measuring spoons (teaspoon, table spoon etc) Stopwatch Lots of board games
Other information available BBC TV Improving Numeracy with Dynamo (5-9yrs) Megamaths (7-9yrs) The Learning Zone (adults) BBC radio Maths Challenge (9-11yrs) Phone number: 08700 100 222 www.bbc.co.uk/education Channel 4 The Number Crew (5-7 yrs) TVM (7-11 yrs) Phone number: 01926 436 444 www.channel4.com/schools