Make Maths Fun

Making Maths Fun: Engaging with the Subject

Key Stage 2 Maths is a vital stage in your child's learning development with foundations being laid for those basic number skills needed to get on in life. With this in mind, there is no better time to actively promote the importance of maths. We know every parent wants to encourage their children to be confident and to succeed, so here are our top three tips to get your child engaging positively with the subject from the start.

What do astronauts, vets and fighter pilots all have in common? They must all be good at maths! Pique your child's interest by opening up dialogues about what they might want to be when they grow up. You may not even realise yourself that entrance into many professions such as teaching, nursing or childcare is now dependent on passing maths. So make it relevant to them: ensure children understand how the learning that they are doing today will directly impact their future chances. Whether they are hoping to progress to vocational qualifications at college or they need mathematics as a standard requirement for university, nowadays five good GCSE passes - including maths - is the passport to further education, jobs and training.

Whatever your own experiences of maths at school, get your child associating numeracy with praise and something positive. Children of all ages enjoy a little healthy competition as well as the validation of winning, so what about a fun maths-based game with a treat as a prize? You know your child best, so if your child is less confident, try praising them when you see them using their number skills and reinforce the sense that they can and often do succeed in getting it right.

Revise those number skills out of the classroom and have them practise on-the-spot calculations which will in turn, help them with their mental maths tests. Why not also try a bit of role play: if we only have £20 can we afford these items? For how long do the cakes need to be in the oven? These practical situations also help to frame those tricky 'real life' written problems which children encounter later in KS2.