There are many websites offering free material to those wishing to help children learn maths.  You can find these if, for example, you search ‘maths resources key stage 1 free’.  Some websites are orientated towards teachers, and some towards parents/guardians, but much of the material is useful for anyone – including Number Sense’s in-school volunteers.

As these sites are not run by Number Sense we offer them on an information basis only – please use normal care in accessing the sites and in evaluating the material.

 

https://nrich.maths.org

This is run by the University of Cambridge NRICH Project for maths education and is used as a resource by many primary schools.  It contains a vast quantity of material for every stage of school maths.  For example, click on the top left of the page on ‘Primary Students’ to get to a page offering games and puzzles and much more.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkW1Y11tGxw

An example of one of the many videos available showing how maths is actually taught in primary school.

 

https://www.theschoolrun.com/what-partitioning

An example of the useful material available on www.theschoolrun.com.  It explains ‘partitioning’, a term which looms large in Years 1 and 2 but which parents may not have heard of.

 

http://www.arvindguptatoys.com/arvindgupta/mathsliebeck.pdf

Entitled ‘How children learn mathematics – A guide for parents and teachers’.  This is the text of a book by an experienced maths teacher and educator of maths teachers.  Written in 1984, it will not reflect the latest knowledge or current terminology.  However, it is a very accessible text for the non-specialist and will repay your dipping in.

 

https://www.ru.ac.za/media/rhodesuniversity/content/sanc/documents/SANC%20Games%20Booklet%202012v1.pdf

Mathematical games using playing cards from South Africa.  Perhaps not the top example of games available, but it shows the wide range of sources out there.

 

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/335158/PRIMARY_national_curriculum_-_Mathematics_220714.pdf

A surprisingly readable document from the Department for Education which specifies what children have to learn in each year of the National Curriculum for maths.  Helpful for understanding what a child ought to know or is trying to learn!

We would welcome your comments on these sites or your recommendations for other sites we could link to on this page – please contact us.