Helping your Child with Maths

Top tips for parents and families:

Always be positive about maths. Don’t say things like:

I can’t do maths. I was always terrible at it!” or, “I hated maths at school!”

Your child might start to think like that themselves!

Making a difference from day one:

  • Be aware of what you say about maths, especially around your children.
  • Challenge ANYONE that you hear making negative comments about maths.
  • Any time you hear celebrities in the media saying that they ‘can’t do maths’, or making negative comments about maths, discuss it with your children.
  • Share your own enjoyment of maths and highlight when you have used it in everyday life.
  • Dispel the myth that there is a maths gene and that only a few people can be good at maths!!


We want YOU, parents and carers, to share how you use mathematics in your everyday lives. Talk to your children about how you use maths in your job or hobby. It is important that our children make strong links between mathematics and real life situations.

Point out the maths in everyday life…

Include your child in activities involving mathematics such as:

  • using money when shopping,
  • weighing ingredients when baking, 
  • timing when cooking and travelling.

Praise your child for their effort in mathematics rather than just talent – this shows them that by working hard they can always improve.

Formal Calculation Methods at Sylvester (KS2) Formal Methods for Calculation

On line Mathematics and Logic Games

Why not access some of the sites below! The activities and games will help enhance your child’s mathematics learning at home as well as being a lot of fun.

Mathionaire Quizzes 

Math Brain Fun Zone


Math Playground

Primary Games

Cool Maths Games

Brain Games