Best numeracy home schooling resources
Best online maths video lessons
Looking for an online maths video lesson for your child, delivered by a UK teacher following the national curriculum? Oak National Academy's lessons are comprehensive and easy to follow and each video (which can also be viewed with a sign language interpreter) is complemented by mini quizzes and activity suggestions.
Oak National Academy is a collection of high-quality online lessons for Reception to Y10 pupils, backed by the Government and created in response to the coronavirus lockdown.
Best magical maths tricks and illusions
The Murderous Maths books by Kjartan Poskitt are packed with tips and tricks to turn ordinary children into maths geniuses, and loads of fiendishly clever Murderous Maths resources are available online, too!
We love the maths illusions, puzzles, tricks and games section (who wouldn't want to read minds, do lightning-fast calculations or just make their friends feel silly?) – can you master the missing digit trick or the prime numbers trick?
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Best interactive maths games
Topmarks' numeracy games make maths practice fun – and they're all free to play.
For KS1 choose from ordering and squencing numbers, counting, odd and even numbers, place value, odd and even and simple addition and subtraction. For KS2 the focus is on multiplication and division, shapes, measures, data handling and problem solving.
Best for mathematical challenges for all abilities
NRICH is collaboration between the Faculties of Mathematics and Education at the University of Cambridge and provides thousands of free online numeracy resources for ages 3 to 18.
The focus is on offering challenging and inspiring activities, designed to develop mathematical thinking and problem-solving skills. The rich mathematical tasks build children's confidence and their ability to apply what they know creatively in unfamiliar contexts. ‘Low threshold high ceiling’ resources are accessible to all learners – this isn't one-right-answer maths, but numeracy challenges to encourage exploration and discussion.
Best for understanding maths terminology
From area to word problems, TheSchoolRun's primary-school numeracy glossary offers a complete parents' 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 about analogue clocks, BODMAS, long division, polygons, triangular numbers and lots more!
The glossary is completely free to read online, but if you'd like to download all the information and store it on your own computer for reference, a 250-page eBook version, TheSchoolRun Maths Glossary, is on sale for £4.99 in TheSchoolRun Shop.
Best for downloadable maths workbooks
STEM Learning offers a huge range of activities that parents can use at home to help children develop their science, technology, engineering and maths skills.
The maths offering includes lots of downloadable maths packs: Spectrum Maths books from the 1990s (on investigations, data handling, games, algebra / shape and space and number skills), BEAM (Be a Mathematician) activities and Mathematical Challenges for Able Pupils in Key Stages 1 and 2 from the National Numeracy Strategy. If you're looking for big collections of maths resources, all available for free, STEM Learning is a great website to explore.
Best UK money maths programme
Money Twist is an online home-based learning course for KS1 and KS2, created by MyBnk, a UK charity. The free programmes are designed to help children set positive money habits and mind-sets from an early age with videos, activities and quizzes. For older children the aim is to boost kids' money management confidence with sessions on budgeting and saving.