Here we bring together video tips for parents from the NCETM’s Secondary Director, Carol Knights, and other members of the NCETM’s secondary team.
The NCETM’s Secondary Director, Carol Knights, gives some broad tips on how to help secondary-age children with maths at home. Carol also describes how parents might use activities from the NRICH organisation for this purpose.
Multiplication in number grids for secondary students
Howard Astley-Jones, an Assistant Director at the NCETM, talks parents through multiplication using number grids. He provides some worked examples, and shares ideas about how to use this with secondary age children.
Practising multiplication - varying digits and exploring patterns
Pete Griffin, an Assistant Director at the NCETM, talks parents through multiplying two numbers that are the same to create a square number. He then explores what happens when you increase one of the numbers by one, and reduce one of the numbers by one, and multiply them together.
Using number pyramids to practise non-calculator addition
Howard Astley-Jones, an Assistant Director at the NCETM, explains how to use number pyramids to add consecutive numbers. He explores the patterns that emerge, and how the challenge can be increased through using larger numbers, larger pyramids and algebra.
Times tables for secondary students
Carol Knights, NCETM Director of Secondary and Pete Griffin, an Assistant Director, talk parents through ways in which to help secondary-age children learn and consolidate their times tables. They give a range of methods including a counting stick, grids and double-sided cards.
Talking about maths – prompts for parents
Dr Mary Stevenson, an Assistant Director at the NCETM, gives parents ideas and tips for talking about maths with their child. She offers practical advice for discussing the maths your child is studying and helping them if they are stuck, even if you aren’t an expert at maths.