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A maths homework help guide for KS1 and KS2

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Maths is not always a popular subject with children. But with these handy tips and downloadable worksheets, it can become a lot more fun.

Key Stage 1

Children doing Key Stage 1 maths may be unwilling to write numbers and sums, but that isn’t a problem.

What is important is that they understand the concept of counting, adding and subtracting. This can be practised every day. For example, ask them the number of people the table needs to be set for at dinner or ask them to count items of clothing as they dress or undress.

You can use sweets on a saucer for practising adding and subtracting - with obvious rewards for getting it right! Counting songs, such as Ten in the Bed and Five Little Ducks are good maths practice, too.

Try using TheSchoolRun’s handy maths worksheets to help your child to develop their skills. Some of the worksheets involve playing games with other children or siblings. While doing these activities, your child may not even realise they’re practising their maths!

Key Stage 2

As your child progresses to Key Stage 2 maths you might want to read up a bit if your own knowledge is hazy.

Admitting you’re clueless about something or saying you didn’t enjoy the subject at school might affect your child’s motivation.

Download maths worksheets for this stage and they should help to fill you in so you can guide your child.

Think of fun imaginative ways of discussing maths at this age - recite times tables to a popular tune and talk about division and fractions when cutting up a cake or pizza. Maths isn’t all about working out difficult sums, it’s part of our everyday lives!

When it comes to helping with homework, choose a time when your child isn’t tired or distracted. Be aware of your child’s concentration span and take regular breaks. Scheduling homework into a routine will make sure you’re not rushing to get it done at the last minute, too.

Remember to be encouraging, use lots of praise and be patient. If your child appears to be getting frustrated or is struggling with their homework, then have a chat with their teacher for ideas on how you can help.

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