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Created on 08 April 2020 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 18 May 2020 by ncetm_administrator


Learning activities and games - primary

We have divided these resources into three categories:

Featured resource

The resources now made freely available by Mathematics Mastery include guidance packs for parents covering a range of topics. They are aimed at children from Reception to Year 6.

Each pack is a printable PDF of parent instructions and pupil activities, and includes key words, tasks, work to deepen understanding and a list of required resources.

Each session is designed to last 15-20 minutes a day.

Daily lessons

The Hamilton Trust Home Learning Packs

Hamilton supporting teachers

What age range is this aimed at?
Year 1 to Year 6 (children aged approximately 5 to 11).

What exactly is the resource?
These home learning packs are downloadable PDFs which include PowerPoint slides, practice sheets, questions and answers. At present, each year group has either two or three weeks’ worth of packs.

What do I need to know before I use this?
It would be useful to know which maths topics your child has studied already and which are new. If you have access to your child’s books, reports or any other information about the school curriculum, that may help you. If you do not have access to this information, you can ask your child, to gauge their knowledge of each topic.

How should I use this?
Each pack includes a PDF of approximately 7-8 pages. You should download the pack for the week and print out the resources. The initial PowerPoint slides and activities are designed for children to work on independently where possible, but parental input would be useful. Each pack makes it clear which sections are for the child and which are for working through together.

When should I use this?
Each downloadable pack provides a week’s worth of lessons (5 lessons). A lesson should take approximately an hour. More resources are being added to the site over time, so it should be possible to have a daily lesson of an hour for the near future.

How can I access this?
The packs are free to download. Visit the website and select the relevant pack for your child’s year group. Each pack is in a zipped folder which you need to download to your computer, then print out the PDFs in it.

I See Maths - Home Lessons

Gareth Metcalfe's Home Lessons

What age range is this aimed at?
Children in KS2 (Years 3 to 6; children aged approximately 7 to 11).

What exactly is the resource?
These are daily videos and tasks for children. The videos help children build their skills, then they complete the main task. The videos are approximately ten minutes long, and are posted on the website at 9am every weekday. The tasks are printable pdf documents and include answers. There are also two videos of maths games released each week for children aged 5 to 8.

What do I need to know before I use this?
It would be useful to know which maths topics your child has studied already and which are new. Your child will be able to say if the content of the videos is new or familiar to them, so don’t worry if you don’t know exactly what they have studied.

How should I use this?
This is designed as a daily activity which children can complete independently or with adult help. They simply watch the video and work on the task. It would work best with the tasks printed out in advance.

When should I use this?
These lessons are designed as daily maths practice, with one per day on weekdays. They are added to regularly during term time only.

How can I access this?
All the resources are free and available on the I See Maths website. The videos are also on YouTube. There is also a e-newsletter of guidance that parents can sign up to, and the possibility of 45-minute videos aimed at parents to explain the maths that their children are doing.

Mathematics Mastery

What age range is this aimed at?
Reception to Year 6 (children aged approximately 4 to 11).

What exactly is the resource?
The resources now made freely available by Mathematics Mastery include guidance packs for parents covering a range of topics. Each pack is a printable PDF of parent instructions and pupil activities, and includes key words, tasks, work to deepen understanding and a list of required resources.

What do I need to know before I use this?
It would be useful to be familiar with the mathematical terms that your child may be using. The materials include a lot of instruction, but it would be useful to read through it in advance prior to exploring it with your child.

How should I use this?
Each pack should be printed out, along with the materials, and you should collect any additional materials prior to working through it with your child. These resources are for parents and children to complete together.

When should I use this?
At the moment there are ten weeks’ worth of sessions. Each session is designed to last 15-20 minutes a day.

How can I access this?
The instruction packs of material are free to access on the Mathematics Mastery website, by clicking on the link in the purple banner at the top of the page. The PDF packs can be downloaded, saved and printed. It works best when printed rather than on screen.

White Rose Home Learning

White Rose Home Learning logo

What age range is this aimed at?
Year 1 to Year 8 (children aged approximately 5 to 13).

What exactly is the resource?
White Rose have provided sequences of lessons for pupils in Years 1 to 6. They include an animated PowerPoint (a video of approximately 2-3 minutes) with an activity sheet for the child to complete, and an answer sheet. There are five lessons per week, and these are being uploaded week by week.

What do I need to know before I use this?
It would be useful to know which maths topics your child has studied already and which are new. If you have access to your child’s books, reports or any other information about the school curriculum, that may help you. If you do not have access to this information, you can ask your child, to gauge their knowledge of each topic.

How should I use this?
You could watch the animated PowerPoint with your child, pausing it as required to discuss the information and ask questions, or your child could watch it themselves. Your child could then complete the worksheet independently or with your help, and you could mark it together. These resources are very straightforward and easy for a parent to follow and use.

When should I use this?
These are designed as daily lessons, with one a day Monday to Friday. Each lesson will probably take around half an hour in total (PowerPoint, activity, marking). At present, White Rose say they will be adding to the resources ‘for the next few weeks’.

How can I access this?
Some of the content is free to access via the White Rose website, in the Home Learning section. Premium content requires a paid subscription. Many of the worksheets associated with the video lessons require payment. Some of the content which was initially free has now become paid-for.

Videos and activities

CBeebies maths support including Numberblocks

What age range is this aimed at?
Children from birth to six years old.

What exactly is the resource?
The CBeebies website features information, activities and guidance videos aimed at parents. The focus is on numeracy development and includes fun activities parents can build into everyday life and play. It also includes links to online episodes of Numberblocks and related quizzes.

What do I need to know before I use this?
This site is very clear and self-explanatory and requires no prior knowledge. However, if you want to do any of the activities, they require some advanced preparation such as cutting up pieces of paper.

How should I use this?
The site includes a variety of games and activities. You may like to watch a video then play a game, or familiarise yourself with the games so you can incorporate them into your daily play.

When should I use this?
It is up to you how you use this site. You may want to play a game a day, or simply include the games in you usual daily routines. With the Numberblocks videos, you may wish to watch one episode a day and do a quiz after watching it.

How can I access this?
The website is free to access. Numberblocks episodes are available on the BBC iPlayer (although not all episodes are available at once).

The Maths Factor

The Maths Factor logo

What age range is this aimed at?
Children aged 4 to 12.

What exactly is the resource?
The Maths Factor provides a wide variety of activities including video lessons and practice questions, games, times tables activities and reward certificates.

What do I need to know before I use this?
It would be useful to know which topics your child has studied, but activities are organised by key stage and clearly labelled so your child will be able to let you know which ones are familiar to them.

How should I use this?
Parental input to choose activities and monitor a child’s understanding and progress would be useful. Some games and activities could be completed independently by older children.

When should I use this?
The website offers over 1,000 videos and practice activities, which could be used as daily lessons if you feel confident with the topics your child is studying. The games could be played once or twice a week independently by your child.

How can I access this?
The activities, videos and games are free to access for the duration of the school closures. Registration is required if you want to monitor your child’s progress.

Maths with Parents

Maths with Parents logo

What age range is this aimed at?
EYFS to Year 6 (children aged approximately from birth to 11)

What exactly is the resource?
Maths with Parents have made available free videos and activities for topics across the full maths curriculum from EYFS to Year 6. Videos are presented by pupils who discuss a topic they have recently studied including examples. There are then activities which include games and links to other useful websites.

What do I need to know before I use this?
Although this website is principally designed for parents of children at schools already registered with Maths with Parents, it can be used if your child’s school isn’t registered. In this case, it is still possible to register as a ‘new parent’ under the School Closure option on the home page. Once you’ve done this, the website will email you suggested activities, based on what they estimate your child might be doing at school right now.

How should I use this?
The short videos are useful for explaining mathematical topics to parents, but you could also watch them with your child to explore their current understanding of the topic. The activities work best when you work with your child; they are not designed as independent work.

When should I use this?
This resource may be something that you use once a week. Each session (video and activities) will take approximately half an hour. New activities are being added over time.

How can I access this?
The resources are free to access but you need to register. On the website select ‘School Closure’ and then ‘New Parent’ and fill out the short registration form. You need an email address.

Numberblocks

Numberblocks logo

What age range is this aimed at?
EYFS and Year 1 (children aged approximately 4 and 5).

What exactly is the resource?
The NCETM Numberblocks materials are primarily aimed at teachers of children in EYFS and Year 1. They provide PowerPoints and practitioner notes to accompany the CBeebies television series. There are currently activities to accompany the first two series.

What do I need to know before I use this?
The PowerPoints and notes are designed to work alongside the Numberblocks episodes, so you should check which episodes are available on the BBC iPlayer. The available episodes change regularly.

How should I use this?
The PowerPoint slides are for use with children after they have watched each episode. There are also suggestions for how the maths in the show can be extended into everyday life and play.

When should I use this?
These materials are not designed as everyday lessons. Instead, they would typically be used by a teacher after watching an episode of Numberblocks. A parent may wish to watch a couple of episodes a week, and use the accompanying materials.

How can I access this?
The resources are available for free on the NCETM website.

Sumaze!

Sumaze! Primary logo

What age range is this aimed at?
Sumaze! Primary is for pupils aged 4+. Sumaze! Adventure and Sumaze! 2 are for studwnts aged 14+ (GCSE). Sumaze! is for students aged 16+ (A level).

What exactly is the resource?
The Sumaze! series of apps are mathematical games that encourage independent engagement with maths puzzles. They are designed to develop problem-solving skills and mathematical thinking.

What do I need to know before I use this?
Simply select the Sumaze! app that matches your child’s age. Sumaze! Primary assumes no mathematical knowledge beyond being able to count to 20. No reading skills are required.

How should I use this?
Download the app to your home computer, or your child’s phone or tablet. The games can be played completely independently by your child.

When should I use this?
Your child can use the app as much or as little as you consider useful to their maths study. Playing a game once a day for ten minutes might be a good start.

How can I access this?
Download the app from the App Store (Apple) or Google Play (Android).

One-offs and games

ictgames

ictgames offers a wide variety of online games that are tablet and desktop computer friendly, but don’t work on smartphones. The games are aimed at children between the ages of 5 and 8.

These games would work best as one-off activities, played when a child has studied the topic of the game, e.g. place value, subtraction. The games can be played independently but a child may need help with the initial instructions.

Free

MathSphere

A free collection of printable board, counter and dice games, including how to play instructions, equipment needed and coloured layouts.

These games are useful if you have limited access to computers/tablets for your child(ren) but do have printing facilities. The games are suitable for a range of ages, from 7 up to 13 or 14. A useful rule is that if your child understands it and enjoys it, then it will provide good maths practice. For some of the games, parents might need to read the rules to help get children started.

Free

The NCETM Primary Assessment Materials

collage of the six assessment materials booklets

What age range is this aimed at?
Year 1 to Year 6 (children aged approximately 5 to 11).

What exactly is the resource?
These are questions for children in Years 1 to 6, organised in maths topics based on the National Curriculum. Each document starts with a detailed introduction, and the questions themselves are later in the document. This resource is primarily aimed at teachers, and is to enable them to assess how well pupils have learned and understood the maths that has been taught. They would usually come at the end of a period of teaching, which would typically be half a term or a term.

What do I need to know before I use this?
To feel confident with these materials, you might first want to be familiar with aspects of the National Curriculum for maths. Have a read through the National Curriculum topics for your child’s year group, and have a chat with your child to see what is familiar to them.

How should I use this?
If your child has covered a mathematical topic, you could use these materials to explore what they have learned and how confident they feel. You could print the resources and talk through the questions with your child, or give them the questions to work on independently. Please be aware that answers are not provided, so you may wish to focus on discussion of the questions and how your child approaches them rather than the answer. Although they are called ‘Assessment Materials’, they could be used simply to explore ideas rather than to test your child.

When should I use this?
These resources are usually used by teachers, but if you feel confident using them we recommend looking at no more than one or two questions per day. Choose topics that your child is already familiar with through their learning in school.

How can I access this?
The materials are downloadable as a PDF document from the NCETM website using the link provided. You can either work from the PDF online on your desktop/tablet or print it out to share with your child.

NRICH Solving Together

What age range is this aimed at?
Year 1 to Year 6 (children aged approximately 5 to 11).

There are also resources for secondary school students.

What exactly is the resource?
The NRICH website features a wide variety of activities, games, features and maths problems. The site is aimed at pupils and teachers, but the games section provides hundreds of games for parents and children to play together. The games are grouped by age range (lower primary and upper primary). NRICH have also created a primary Maths at Home feature packed with activities and games suitable for children to work on at home without a teacher.

What do I need to know before I use this?
To get the best out of the NRICH resources, it would be useful to know which maths topics your child has studied already. You should also decide how long you want to spend, whether you want to play an online or physical game, and what you want to achieve.

How should I use this?
Visit the NRICH games section and choose the game you would like to play with your child. Prepare any resources you need (this might involve printing materials or gathering other objects). Ensure that you are playing a game on a topic that your child is familiar with already.

When should I use this?
These games and activities are not written to be used every day, or as lessons. You may want to play them once or twice a week, and to spend between 15 minutes and half an hour each time.

How can I access this?
All the NRICH resources are free to access via their website. Some require printing and some have online interactivity.

Topmarks Maths Games

Topmarks maths logo

What age range is this aimed at?
EYFS to KS3 (children aged approximately 3 to 14).

What exactly is the resource?
The Topmarks website includes a wide range of maths games. The games are categorised by age group, and then by category. Each game can be played online, and states if it is tablet-friendly or uses Flash.

What do I need to know before I use this?
Whilst you don’t need any specific knowledge to play the games, it would be useful to be familiar with the maths topics that your child has already studied at school. The games would work best if your child engages with topics that he/she is already familiar with.

How should I use this?
The games are designed to be played to help children understand maths topics they have studied, recall facts, and practise skills. Games can be played by children independently or as two-player with a parent.

When should I use this?
The site recommends some order for moving through the games, but it is possible to dip in and out of them based on what you and your child want to do. There is no particular timescale or structure for playing the games, but one a day may work for you and your child, spending between 10 and 30 minutes per day.

How can I access this?
The website is free to access and no registration is required. Most of the games are phone/tablet friendly.

 

 

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