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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.