‘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 is taught in EYFS maths, KS1 maths and KS2 maths, plus easy ways to make maths part of everyday life, and maths games to engage young mathematicians.
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 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).
10 ways playing cards helps children with maths
Fancy a quick game of cards? Studies show cognitive benefits to play and card games teach children new strategies for using mathematical information, categorising patterns, sequencing and sorting. Last but not least, this is numeracy practice the whole family will enjoy (though things might get a bit competitive... beware!). Kate Yelland asked maths teachers and experts why sitting down with a pack of cards and a primary-school child is definitely playing your cards right.
Best maths books for kids
Crack codes, learn maths tricks, unlock the secrets of nature (hint: they're mathematical!), marvel at number facts and learn to build a spaceship – just a few of the maths-master skills imparted by these books, our pick of the best maths titles for kids.
Simplifying fractions tutorial
Simplifying fractions is easy when you know how. Watch as our digital teacher demonstrates how to do it and then you'll have a chance to try it for yourself.
Counting in fives tutorial
Our digital teacher is going to show you how to count in fives – and then you can have a go yourself!
Learning the method of short division tutorial
Let our digital teacher explain this easy method for short division – also known as the bus stop method – then have a go yourself.
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
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)
Have your child match up the purses of 50p coins with the ones that show the same amount in pound coins.
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!
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.
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!