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Maths Workshop for Parents

Keep an eye out for the following workshops:


Maths workshop on 'How we teach addition and subtraction.'  

(date and time to be confirmed via news letter)


Maths workshop on 'How we teach multiplication and division.' 

 (date and time to be confirmed via news letter)


These are open to all parents from Foundation through to Year 6.

Maths Workshop for Parents of Year 1 children

Mr Widdowfield  ran a workshop for parents of children in Year 1.


We enjoyed teas and biscuits.

We looked at some of the new resources we use in school to help develop children's

understanding of maths.

We tried out some activities using Numicon.

We talked about why children learn lots of different methods.

We chatted about the games we played and shared our ideas and thoughts about maths.

We talked about expectations for children in Year 1 and above.

We talked about how we could help at home.


I will be running more general workshops, which will be open to all parents of children from Foundation through to Year 6 soon. These will look at how we teach calculations in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. 



Can you name the following maths resources?

These are just a few of the resources that we use in our classrooms. Can you name them all?

We have recently added some lovely new resources both inside and outside our school building. The children have been enjoying using these as part of play at break and lunchtimes, as well as part of lessons outside.
Picture 1 Finding numbers on the 100 Square
Picture 2 Numicon Corridor- count down to Foundation Classes
Picture 3 Lovely numbers to touch and create rubbings.
Picture 4 Practise your times tables at lunchtime!
Picture 5 Have you grown over the summer?
Picture 6 Wow you're 120 cm tall!
Picture 7 Practising writing the number two
Picture 8 Can you play snakes and ladders?
Picture 9 Fun number writing with chalk in KS 1 playground.
Picture 10 Check your fraction knowledge in KS2 playground
Picture 11 Can you play Hopscotch?
Picture 12 Can you count up and down the Number Snake?
Picture 13 Can you name the properties of a square?
Picture 14 How many sides?
Picture 15 Any Corners?
Picture 16 Hexagon or Pentagon? How many equal sides?
Picture 17 Oblong or Rectangle? How many vertices?
Picture 18 Pentagon or Hexagon? How many sides?

Keep your eyes peeled for more maths outside resources appearing soon -

outside our Foundation Stage classes.

Maths Principles

The Big Ideas


Thinking is at the heart of mathematics and therefore should be at the heart of mathematical teaching and learning:




  • In our school, reasoning and decision making, key elements of mathematical thinking, should be central to any success criteria


  • In our school, activity is not enough; it is the sense that we make of it that matters.


  • In our school, we provide opportunities for children to make decisions, make connections and explain their thinking. ‘Getting it right’ is necessary but not sufficient.


  • In our school, children need opportunities to work at the edge of their understanding, in order to demonstrate fully what they do understand and what they need to learn next. They must be used to getting things wrong! And learn from making mistakes.


  • At Redhills, assessment relies upon children demonstrating independence in thought, and being able to say what they are learning and have learned over a period of time, through reflection (eg Green response pen work, buddy work…).


  • In our school, assessment will include observation and dialogue and will be part of every lesson.

Helping Your Child at Home with Maths

Helping your child with maths

Maths workbook © 'Andrzej Tokarski -'

Try to make maths as much fun as possible - games, puzzles and jigsaws are a great way to start. It's also important to show how we use maths skills in our everyday lives and to involve your child in this.

Identifying problems and solving them can also help your child develop maths skills. If you see him or her puzzling over something, talk about the problem and try to work out the solution together.

Don't shy away from maths if you didn’t like it at school. Try to find new ways to enjoy the subject with your child.

Tips for helping your child to enjoy maths:

  • Point out the different shapes to be found around your home.
  • Take your child shopping and talk about the quantities of anything you buy.
  • Let your child handle money and work out how much things cost.
  • Look together for numbers on street signs and car registration plates.

Homework at primary school

Homework reinforces what your child is learning in school. It also gives you a chance to become involved in the learning process.

In Key Stage 1 (Reception to Year 2) reading is the most important homework. Your child may always have a book from the classroom library in his or her bag - try to read the book together every night. You’ll probably be asked to fill in a ‘reading record’ about your child’s progress with reading.

The time your child spends on homework is less important than his or her understanding of it. But the following is a rough guide to the amount of time he or she should be spending on homework at primary school: (This includes Reading, Writing and Maths)


Years 1 and 2                  60 minutes a week 
Years 3 and 4                  90 minutes a week
Years 5 and 6                  30 minutes a day or equivalent over two/three evenings or at the weekend

Primary school children are sometimes asked to talk to their families about what they learned in school on a particular day. This can be the most valuable homework of all, especially if you show interest and play an active role by asking your child questions about their day.

Tips for good homework habits

  • Do find a quiet place at home to use as a homework area. It needs a flat surface, a good light source and the right equipment eg pens, pencils, ruler, scissors, glue.
  • Do be aware of modern teaching methods, eg in long division.
  • Do plan a homework timetable and agree on when your child will do their homework.
  • Do allow your child to have something nutritional to eat before starting on homework.
  • Do discuss any homework tasks with your child and how it connects with what they are studying at school.
  • Do turn off the TV - but you could have music on if they find it helpful.
  • Don't give your child the answer in order to get a task finished. Instead, explain how to look up information or find a word in a dictionary.
  • Don't teach your child methods you used at school. It could confuse them.
  • Don't let homework become a chore. Keep it fun and make it a special time that you both look forward to.


This extract is from 

Foundation Goody Bag

Each year we invite parents of our new intake to school during the summer term (July) and have sessions on how to help your child at home get a head start with their maths. As part of this we provide a lovely goodie bag. Open the document below to find out more.

Need help understanding all the new terminology linked to maths?


Need help understanding new teaching methods?


Take a look at these video sequences to find out more.

Column Subtraction

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Developing Column Subtraction

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Subtraction Strategies

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Division on a Number Line

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Grid Multiplication Method

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Short Division using the Bus Stop Method

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Addition using Vertical Partitioning

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Long Division

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Moving from Grid to Column Method

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Different Representations of Multiplication

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Number Bonds to 10

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Rapid recall of Multiplication Facts

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Long Multiplication

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The commutative law for multiplication.mp4

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Some Interesting Maths Songs

Long Division Song

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Singing to learn long division

Gangnam Style Long Division

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Mr Widdowfield's favourite Maths Song of all Time!

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A great song to show maths is in everything we see, think and do.

Help to learn some times tables facts

Multiplication Fact Song- (9 times tables trick using fingers)

9x table trick

Maths Learning Mats

Some Helpful Websites

Some Free Games Websites

Just load the pages by 


Ctrl+ Click on the link to open the web page.

Objectives for each year

expectations for the end of each year

Maths Policies and Models

Helpful Sheets for Home

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