Maths is a core skill within the primary national curriculum. As we use maths every day, it is also a vital skill for life. But, some of us still dread our child coming home and asking for help with their maths homework, as learning methods and terminology are sometimes different from how we were taught.
If this sounds like you, you'll find 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 the Maths Homework Helper, you will never be stumped by your child's primary maths homework again!
Created by author, deputy headteacher and parent Matt Revill, Maths Homework Helper brings together everything you need to get to grips with this vital subject and life skill. With it, you can support your child's maths learning effectively at home – from Reception Year, right through to the end of Year 6.
With Matt's help, you’ll discover how to tackle all the different topics your child will encounter – from addition and subtraction, to ratios and percentages – and get familiar with all the latest methods used in schools, including:
- The grid method
- Number bonds
- Carroll diagrams
- Number lines
- And more!
Whatever age or stage your child is at, it's reassuring to know that you have all the essential areas of maths under your belt, so you're ready to go if, and when, they call on you for help.
That’s exactly what this book gives you, plus so much more, because simply knowing the answer isn’t enough. You want to be able to show your child how to get there, so that they can grasp it, remember it and start flying through their work. With a friendly, accessible tone that every parent or carer will understand, Maths Homework Helper clears up the ‘mystery’ around how numeracy is taught to children aged 4-11 today.
As a practising teacher, Matt knows exactly what your child might get mixed up on, so he’s able to explain how to go about resolving these problems with your child in easy-to-follow, manageable steps. As your knowledge and confidence grows, you’ll find that this translates into a big boost for your child – and tops marks for both of you!
“I found Maths Homework Helper a fantastic resource to use with my daughter. It was clear and concise. The examples and vocabulary sections helped my daughter feel more confident to work independently, and I found the sectioning of the articles a great help in keeping her focused on the task in hand.” - Caren Williamson
"I found Maths Homework Helper very good.
"It is almost 30 years since I left primary school, so much of the terminology of maths has been forgotten over time, despite me working with numbers on a daily basis. The book is a great reference point for all the terminology that is used in maths but which we don't use on a day-to-day basis elsewhere. For example, it is so long since I learned fractions that I couldn't remember which was the numerator and which was the denominator, so I would have been unable to help my children with fractions homework containing these terms as I wouldn't have been sure what the question was asking, but this book provides definitions of such things.
"The way maths is taught has also changed, so this book helped me to understand how my children are being taught. For example, we learned our tables by rote, but my children aren't learning them that way. They therefore don't have the instant recall when it comes to doing division sums but this book helped me to see how they can work out the answer in a different way. The books that the children bring home for homework tend not to explain anything but rather only contain exercises, so what they have been taught in school isn't available to parents to work through with them.
"The book is well laid out with lots of clear diagrams and examples. It is broken down into five sections that are then subdivided into a number of topics, and at the end of each topic there is a mini quiz, some ideas to help your child and some pointers as to what your child might struggle with in learning about a particular topic. The end of each section then has a quiz which draws on the information in the whole section. The answers to all the quizzes are at the end of the book. As a parent, having read this book, I now feel better placed to help my children with their homework as I can now understand the maths as they are learning it, and I also have the book to refer to as a double-check.
"In summary, I found this book very helpful. It is well-written, well-presented and very easy to read.” - Elaine May