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As well as supporting your children with reading and writing at home, it is extremely valuable to them if you are able to also practise their maths. This does not have to be time consuming as many of the things you can do to help can take place whilst you are doing everyday things in the home, or even whilst going to the shops or travelling to school. However, your focussed attention is an important thing for your child, and any time you can spend working with them on their maths (or other learning!) is extremely pleasurable for them.

Below are some useful documents which you can download.  They will give you more information about the maths we do in school and what you can do to help at home. There are also some links to useful websites which provide some extra information and ideas, as well as games you can play online.

As always, if you have any particular questions about how you can help your child with maths which aren't answered here you are always welcome to speak to your child's teacher.

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To help our children to achieve all they can in maths we are now following an apporach called Visual Maths.

"Visual Maths™ is an extremely effective and successful approach to the teaching and learning of Mathematics. It has consistently increased pupils’ understanding, achievement and attainment. Pupils have a greater confidence, are more self-motivated and see themselves as successful learners."

Visual Maths Pathways

Visual Maths follows a set of pathways for place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and fractions with the children working their way along the pathways, gaining confidence and knowledge as they do.  These pathways form our calculation policy.

Below are the modified pathways which we follow at Plaistow Hill when we teach the four operations. 

The pathways lead the children through different 'modes' of working.

C = Concrete - working with materials such as cubes

D = Drawing - drawing the grids and cubes

S = Symbolic - more formal, written methods

The children work through the modes at their own speed, and this allows them to access the same maths at different levels of mastery.

Addition Pathway

Subtraction Pathway

Multiplication Pathway

Division Pathway

You can find out more about Visual Maths by clicking on this link.

Visual Maths Parent Workshop

We recently held a Visual Maths workshop for parents to get an overview of how we are teaching Visual Maths in school.

Click here for the summary of the feedback from those who attended.

Last year we also held two additional Visual Maths Workshops and we are planning to do this same in the Spring term this year.  Click here for a summary of the feedback.

Visual Maths Videos

For more help with any of the methods used in Visual Maths, please watch the following video clips on Youtube:

Addition Video 1

Addition Video 2

Addition Video 3

Subtraction Video 1

Subtraction Video 2

Multiplication - making groups and times table patterns

Column Multiplication

Multiplication - splitting

Division - making groups

Division - times table patterns

Column Division 1

Column Division 2

Quick Maths

The new National Curriculum for maths is all about children mastering their maths skills so they can apply them to different problems and situations. One thing we know which really helps our children with this, and helps them to make good overall progress in maths is knowing lots of number facts by heart.  For example:

  • Knowing all addition and subtraction facts for all numbers to 20 (4 + 10 = 14, 17 - 9 = 8)
  • Doubles and halves to 20
  • Knowing one/ten more or less than any number
  • Quick addition of 10s to any number below 100
  • Being able to count on and back in 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s
  • Knowing mutliplication facts for at least 2, 5 and 10 times tables

Because of this, each KS1 class will now be taking part in daily Quick Maths sessions (one session a week for Foundation Stage children). Each session will last around 10 minutes and will be separate from our normal maths lessons.  Over a few weeks the children will play the same game each day, practicing and perfecting a skill or learning number facts. We will send information home each week to explain the game we are playing in school so you can have a go at home as well. We will try to ensure that the games do not need any resources which are not in your parents 'maths pack' (although we can't promise this for every game).  If you have any questions about this, please speak to Mr Rollinson or your class teacher. 

Click on any of the following to download the documents:

How to help at home - Foundation Stage

How to help at home - Key Stage One

Card Games - A document with lots of different card games to try out at home.


BBC Bitesize maths - links to lots of maths games

ICT games - more games to play online

Crickweb - more maths games

Nrich - Lots of Fun Maths Problems developed by Cambridge University

Dice Games - A link to part of the NRich site, with lots of dice games for KS1