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’. Another useful search term is ‘primary maths video [subject]’. For example at the time of writing, ‘primary maths video place value’ brought up the enthusiastic Maths Antics video – there seems to be a video for almost any subject!
Some websites are orientated towards teachers, and some towards parents and 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 sites and in evaluating the material.
For an example of how maths is actually taught in primary schools, you can check out this helpful short video from the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics.
The NRICH Maths Project is run by the University of Cambridge 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.
White Rose Maths provides professional development training for teachers, but within this it provides these free ‘Schemes of Learning’ (SOL) for each school year. This shows in detail how each topic can be broken down and should be useful to anyone.
The School Run is a website which offers plenty of useful material. This little video explains partitioning, a term which looms large in Years 1 and 2 but which parents may not have heard of. Registration to see more material is free, although like many sites they also try to sell you products. The site is aimed at parents and guardians,
How Children Learn Mathematics is 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 does 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.
Mathematics programmes of study: key stages 1 and 2 is 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.