Plastic numbers

‘I need help with my maths homework!’ is a sentence most parents dread – but supporting your child’s mathematical development at home doesn’t have to be terrifying. Not sure what a number square is? Stumped by long division? In this section, we explain how to do calculations the way they’re taught in school today – in plain English. You'll also find guides to what maths is taught in EYFS, KS1 and KS2, plus easy ways to make maths part of everyday life, and games to make maths fun.

For practice sheets, number games and more, try our downloads on addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, times tables, shapes and telling the time.


Primary-school numeracy glossary
Primary numeracy glossary for parents
From area to word problems, TheSchoolRun's primary-school numeracy glossary offers a complete guide to all the maths concepts children are taught in EYFS, KS1 and KS2. Brush up on your own mathematical skills, clear up homework confusion and understand exactly what your child is learning at school by reading our basic definitions (with links to more detailed explanations, teachers' tips and examples).
Little girl writing out numbers
What your child learns in Key Stage 1 maths
Unsure about what your child will be learning in maths in years 1 and 2? Find out here.
Girl working on maths problem with teacher
What your child learns in Key Stage 2 maths
Think maths involves just adding, subtracting and times tables? Think again. Here’s a rundown of all the things your child will be learning in Years 3 to 6.


Adding and subtracting three-digit numbers – revision
Adding and subtracting three-digit numbers – revision
Practise these addition and subtraction questions, using whatever method you find easiest: the number line method; the column method; the partitioning method.
Reading a pictogram worksheet
Reading a pictogram
A cupcake shop has opened on the High Street and it’s been very popular! Can you read the pictogram and answer the questions? You'll need to count in 6s.
Matching money (50p and £1) worksheet
Matching money (50p and £1)
Have your child match up the purses of 50p coins with the ones that show the same amount in pound coins.


Tricky length and volume quiz
Skidpan challenge! Tricky length and volume quiz

Answer these tricky length and volume questions for your chance to race on road, desert or ice and see how many crystals you can collect.

Angle and triangle vocabulary quiz
Goo the zondle: Angle and triangle vocabulary quiz

Load the goo canon and get ready to goo the zondle... the more angle and triangle questions you get right, the more goo you get to fire!

Mental addition
Feed the fish! Mental addition

Can you do addition in your head? Answer each question correctly as it drops into the pond and the fish will eat it.

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Y1 Maths booster pack

Maths booster packs

Support your child's maths learning with fantastic Maths Booster packs for each year of primary school. Packed with colourful worksheets and games, each booster pack covers the main numeracy topics for that school year and will help your child revise the core areas of learning they should have mastered, whilst having great fun too!

Learning Journey

Maths Learning Journey programme

Why not check out our unique maths Learning Journey programme? Every week, the Learning Journey gives you suggestions for two maths worksheets that, over the course of the school year, will help your child review and master all the core areas of learning that they’ll be taught in the National Curriculum that year… in just a few short at-home sessions each week. As well as a maths Learning Journey for each year of primary school, there is also a Times Tables Learning Journey, Fractions Learning Journey and Maths Progress Checks for every term of each school year.

Maths Homework Helper

Maths Homework Helper

If you dread your child coming home and asking for help with their maths homework, you'll find The Maths Homework Helper an immensely useful resource for two reasons. Firstly, it collates the main topics your child will need to know. Secondly, it acts as a refresher course for you, so you can revisit each topic and understand just what your child is learning during class time. It covers the crucial topics of numbers, using numbers, measures, shape and space, and data handling, so you and your child will be able to learn, understand and use maths skills in everyday situations.

There are also helpful rules to remember, a jargon-busting guide to key maths language, plus tips and ideas to help your child continue their learning away from their text books. With Maths Homework Helper, you will never be stumped by your child's primary maths homework again!