Mathematics and its essential role

Everyone would agree that knowledge gained through maths is one of the essential skills in life. It is therefore vital to establish solid foundations on which to build from an early age.

In Early Years teaching mathematics consists of recognising, creating and describing numeric patterns. This is an essential part for early problem-solving skills, which is then honed further in primary and progresses well into secondary education, and beyond.

Let’s not forget teaching maths helps to develop critical intellectual skills, creative thinking and communication. With older children, mathematics further encourages and cultivates logical reasoning and mental rigour. Maths also plays a crucial role in understanding the content of other school subjects such as science, social studies, and even music and art.

A solid understanding and knowledge of maths should not be overlooked.

As many of us have found during the last few weeks, even our own knowledge needs to be refreshed with specific topics. Another issue that you might come up against is using the right methods of teaching. Your newly acquired knowledge could be passed onto your children in the format that they would understand. This will resonate especially with parents with children in Key Stage 2 and 3.

The team at Teaching At Home has put substantial effort into gathering information on various digital resources available that could assist you on this journey. In the following sections, you will be able to find a range of online maths based resources. Please note that as each school follows their own curriculum, while delivering to the guidelines of the National Curriculum, the information provided is for general maths skills and not aligned to a specific curriculum.

Maths websites

We started this website aiming to assist parents and families with children age 13 and under. The top tips delivered within these websites are transferable to all age groups. This list is provided as-is and details given correct at the time of publishing. Due to the ever changing world due to COVID-19, things are subject to change. Please let us know if you spot something that has changed and needs updating in this list 🙂

Family Maths Toolkit
Apart from advice to homeschooling parents on how to help children improve their everyday maths, there is a variety of suggested fun activities and games. These activities are categorised for each year group. With the amount of compiled and detailed information, we’d be surprised if you don’t find one that interests your child. So, let’s make Maths fun so that it can be enjoyed by the whole family.

Twinkl
Until recently, this website had been predominantly used by teachers, but due to the COVID-19 situation, the creators adapted this site and added sections specifically for parents to use, including resources for parents.

SparkleBox
This website is for parents and teachers alike. You can browse through 1000s of products that could be downloaded and printed. Their resources are focused on Primary age groups, and contains a section for Special Needs and ESL.

White Rose Maths
Another website that had until recently been a teacher-only site, providing them with resources required for planning of their maths lessons. However, access restrictions have changed due to COVID-19. As of July 2020, new and exciting resources are being added weekly, with clear guidance on what the topics are for each year group.

Maths - games for the brain

Online maths games

As parents, we all know that there are days when homeschooling is a genuine struggle. When you are suffering from one-of-those-days, why not try an educational fun game instead. Your child will hopefully get so enthralled with them that they won’t even know that they are learning. To help inject some fun, while also providing a little inspiration and bit of a break, we are offering a variety of online games. They all have one thing in common – learning maths through play. Who doesn’t like the sound of that!

Top Marks
A UK site that lays out their maths categories well, based on specific age group, as well as topics that you can practice. The visual animation accompanied by audio recording is a great hit even with the youngest ones.

MathsZone
A website that many parents of older children will be excited by. Don’t be fooled by the front page layout that might not be as appealing as other sites out there. The core topics are easily viewed, and there is an excellent selection to choose from.

Oxford Owl
This site is an invaluable source of inspiration for children aged between 3 – 11 years. Their maths section can be browsed by age and is accompanied by a selection of relevant online activities, as well as PDF downloads.

Primary Games
Maths Games focused on Primary aged children, divided into sub-categories; fractions, tables, measures and Teaching Time. Unfortunately, access to their material is not free. You need sign up and pay a small fee to be able to access the specific games.

Math Game Time
Free maths games that cover subjects from addition, fractions, and multiplication to measurements. Aside from maths and its most common topics, there are also games aimed at other subjects such as Geography, Physics, and Science.  Please be mindful that this website originates from the USA, so it does not follow the UK National Curriculum. Also, some games are specific to US geography and history. However, from an entertainment point of view and learning specific topics, it scores plus-points from us!!

Other US websites worth looking into

We hope that you will have fun finding your child’s favourite game. To help our children not forget how important maths is over the summer holiday, our team at Teaching At Home are preparing some exciting summer camps (online of course). Watch out for our latest update or why not subscribe to our mailing list so you can be the first to know when these are ready for booking?
Maths - play online and learn at the same time