National Numeracy Day is a celebration of everyday maths that’s taking place on Wednesday 19th May 2021. Your child’s school may be taking part in a host of activities, competitions and online events to raise awareness of the importance of numeracy, and there are lots of ways that you can join in too.
National Numeracy Day is designed to empower children – and grown-ups! – to build their confidence and competence with numbers. So if you’re a bit wobbly when it comes to helping your child with maths homework, or home-school maths was a struggle, it’s the perfect time to take your first steps towards stronger numeracy.
How can you take part in National Numeracy Day?
You can get involved by signing up for the National Numeracy Challenge. It’s a free and easy-to-use website for improving your everyday maths, aiming to help you get on better at work, make your money go further, and support your child with learning maths.
National Numeracy have also created a hub full of resources to help you support your child, which includes fun number activities from their celebrity ambassadors. Whether you’re dancing with Strictly’s Katya Jones, or making cupcakes with Bake Off winner Peter Sawkins, the activities will get you and your child thinking differently about numbers.
We’ve also gathered together some of our favourite maths activities and top tips from across Oxford Owl to help you support your child with maths at home and to boost your confidence with numbers.
Find out what your child learns in maths at school
Read our top tips to support your child with maths at home on the Oxford Owl blog
- Overcoming maths anxiety and being positive about numbers
- Times tables tips
- How to help your child with mental arithmetic
- Everyday activities to practise subtraction
Download maths activity sheets (PDF download)
- Shapes and sizes (Age 3–4)
- Doubling numbers (Age 4–5)
- Shape and measuring (Age 5–6)
- At Home with Maths (Age 5–7)
- At Home with times tables (Age 5–7)
- Counting coins (Age 6–7)
- Numicon at Home Kit Activity Book (Key Stage 1)
- At Home with Mental Maths (Age 7–9)
You can also search all of our maths activities by age.
Try these interactive maths activities
Oxford University Press is delighted to be a lead delivery partner for National Numeracy Day.
Bond | Age 8–11
It’s time to train your brain! Some monkeys are stuck in the maze – are you able to help them escape? From Sudoku grids to number riddles, switch on your puzzle powers to solve all sorts of challenges.
- Over 100 fun number puzzles, including maths mazes, algebraic enigmas, and fraction fun.
- Solve sudokus and real-life maths problems.
- Untangle number riddles and clever patterns.
Progress with Oxford
This activity book will help to develop your child’s core mathematics skills, whilst ensuring they have fun! They will quickly learn to solve calculations involving addition and subtraction with one and two-digit numbers up to 20. Includes stickers and a progress chart.
Bond SATs Skills | Age 8–11
These flashcards provide rapid recall practice in all the times tables from 1 to 12, helping children to meet the curriculum expectations for Key Stage 2 maths and prepare for the Year 4 multiplication tables check.
A new edition of this favourite illustrated alphabetical dictionary of key maths terms and concepts from the curriculum. An essential dictionary for children aged 8–11 to use at both home and school, with around 1000 words and meanings and a thematic supplement on focus areas.