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Fractions in Year 5 (age 9–10)

Fractions in Year 5 (age 9–10)

In Year 5, your child will continue to learn about fractions as numbers, measures, and operators. They will learn about percentages and thousandths.

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Maths education glossary: M to Z

Maths education glossary: M to Z

Find helpful explanations of maths terms, as well as activities, downloadable sheets, and videos for further support. From measurements to word problems.

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Geometry & shapes in Year 4 (age 8–9)

Geometry & shapes in Year 4 (age 8–9)

In Year 4, your child will learn about acute and obtuse angles. They will also be introduced to coordinates and will be able to describe translations, and will build upon their knowledge of shape properties.

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Fractions in Year 4 (age 8–9)

Fractions in Year 4 (age 8–9)

In Year 4, your child will explore the link between fractions and multiplication/division. They will also use numbers with up to two decimal places.

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Number & place value

Number & place value

Understanding what numbers mean is essential for learning maths. Find out how your child will learn at primary school – and how you can help at home.

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Help with times tables

Help with times tables

Learning times tables can be fun! Help your child learn their times tables with our free top tips, videos, quizzes and worksheets.

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Non-verbal reasoning

Non-verbal reasoning

Parents with children in Year 6 will probably hear about non-verbal reasoning a lot. But what exactly is non-verbal reasoning?

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Geometry & shapes in Year 2 (age 6–7)

Geometry & shapes in Year 2 (age 6–7)

In Year 2, your child will learn to describe 2D and 3D shapes using accurate mathematical vocabulary. They will also learn to find 2D shapes in 3D shapes, to arrange shapes into patterns, and to talk about rotation.

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Algebra in Year 6 (age 10–11)

Algebra in Year 6 (age 10–11)

In Year 6, your child will start using simple formulae, will describe number sequences using letters as symbols, and will find unknowns in an equation.

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Geometry & shapes in Year 6 (age 10–11)

Geometry & shapes in Year 6 (age 10–11)

In Year 6, your child will draw and build shapes using information about length and angles. They will plot points and shapes on a full coordinate grid, and will translate and reflect shapes.

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Start calculating with Numicon

Start calculating with Numicon

It can be hard making the jump from counting numbers to calculating. Sheila O’Reilly shares activities to introduce your child to addition and subtraction.

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Geometry & shapes in Year 5 (age 9–10)

Geometry & shapes in Year 5 (age 9–10)

In Year 5, your child will use acute, obtuse, and reflex angles and will draw and measure angles in degrees. They will translate and reflect shapes, and will investigate regular and irregular polygons.

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Maths: Age 7–8 (Year 3)

Maths: Age 7–8 (Year 3)

In Year 3, your child will learn more about fractions, shapes, angles and charts. Get tips and activities to help your 7- or 8-year-old at home.

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Fractions in Year 1 (age 5–6)

Fractions in Year 1 (age 5–6)

In Year 1, your child will learn that fractions are about sharing. They will think about fractions as a part of one object or as part of a group of objects.

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Maths: Age 3–4 (Early Years)

Maths: Age 3–4 (Early Years)

It’s never too early to explore numbers with your child. These ideas will help your child to explore numbers, giving them a great start to developing early maths skills and concepts.

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Money, money, money

Money, money, money

Money isn’t everything, but being ‘good with money’ is undoubtedly a useful life skill. Read Fiona Lazenby’s top tips for practising using money with your child.

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Times tables tips

Times tables tips

Our times tables top tips will provide some useful advice, ideas, and free activities to help you support your child in learning their times tables.

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8 fun ways to learn about shapes

8 fun ways to learn about shapes

Shapes are all around us and there are many ways you can start exploring them with your child. Get ideas on how to help familiarise your child with different shapes in all sorts of contexts.

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Money skills in a digital age

Money skills in a digital age

How to develop an understanding of money and healthy money habits in our children when there are fewer opportunities for them to see the real and physical exchange of cash.

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Statistics in Year 2 (age 6–7)

Statistics in Year 2 (age 6–7)

In Year 2, your child will learn to draw simple charts and graphs. They will be able to sort categories by their quantities and will be able to compare sets of data.

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Statistics in Year 4 (age 8–9)

Statistics in Year 4 (age 8–9)

In Year 4, your child will learn to use time graphs. They will also solve problems by interpreting and analysing graphs, and will be able to answer more complex questions based on statistics.

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Time flies: helping your child learn to tell the time

Time flies: helping your child learn to tell the time

Learning to tell the time using both analogue and digital clocks is still an important skill, but it’s something that children can find tricky to master. Louise Pennington shares ideas to support your child’s growing understanding of time.

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Learning to tell the time

Learning to tell the time

Telling the time is an important skill in everyday life, but it can be tricky to learn. You can start to increase your child’s awareness of time from a young age with simple activities and games.

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Maths is everywhere!

Maths is everywhere!

Maths expert Louise Pennington shares her advice for developing your child’s maths skills during school closures by exploring maths in the real world.

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Statistics in Year 5 (age 9–10)

Statistics in Year 5 (age 9–10)

In Year 5, your child will learn to read and create number lines. They will interpret timetables and will solve problems using statistical information from graphs and charts.

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Get messy with measuring

Get messy with measuring

Fiona Lazenby tells us her four top tips for learning about volume, area and capacity at home, and having messy fun in the process!

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Teaching maths at home

Teaching maths at home

Mathemagician Andrew Jeffrey suggests ways you can support your child’s maths development at home without needing to be an expert.

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Numicon: 1st Steps with Numicon at Home Kit

Numicon: 1st Steps with Numicon at Home Kit

The First Steps with Numicon at Home Kit has been designed for parents and carers of pre-school children (aged 3–5) and uses a multi-sensory approach to help develop essential maths skills during the Foundation Stage and early Key Stage 1.

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Numicon: Bag of Numicon Shapes 1–10

Numicon: Bag of Numicon Shapes 1–10

A set of 10 Numicon shapes to practise maths at home. The tactile, multi-sensory approach helps your child build their mathematical fluency, reasoning, and problem-solving.

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Number Square

Number Square

A handy number square to help your child visualise the numbers from 1 to 100.

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Maths in School booklet: Multiplication

Maths in School booklet: Multiplication

Find out how your child is taught to multiply in school. This booklet also includes games and activities to use at home to build your child’s skills and confidence with multiplication.

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Maths in School booklet: Fraction Calculations

Maths in School booklet: Fraction Calculations

Find out how your child is taught to calculate with fractions in school. This booklet includes games and activities to use at home to build your child’s skills and confidence in calculating with fractions.

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