Junior Maths Parents' Guide

Infant Maths Parents' Guide 


Parents' workshops:

Thank you to everyone who came to our Maths workshops.  We practised long multiplication and long division (juniors) and learnt how to use the Maths equipment (infants).  We really appreciate all the support that you give the children with their work at home.  If you missed it, see the parent guides for what we teach in each year and the methods we use.

 Infant maths 2.10.17

Junior maths 2.10.17





MyMaths is now up and running as a homework tool.  Your child should have a school login and password as well as their own login and password.

Copies of usernames and passwords are available in the ICT suite if needed.  If there are any problems with accessing MyMaths at home, come to the ICT suite on Tuesday lunchtimes or see Mrs Ford.


99 club

Our new Mental Maths club is called the 99 club.  Children will be rewarded with stickers for completing each level correctly 3 times within the given time.

For practice materials, see the bottom of this page.






Zetamac is a fun way for your child to practise their number facts.  For suggested starting points, see this link Zetamac Starting Points

The National Curriculum 

The aims of the National Curriculum are:

Problem Solving  

Problem solving is supported by a Growth Mindset.

This means that we can 'grow our brains'.   

Just as athletes need to train, and building muscles hurts, so in Maths we need to stretch our brains with solving problems and puzzles that we find hard.  Activities that we find challenging and 'make our brains hurt' are helping us to grow!


How you can support Problem Solving at home

 A key part of developing a Growth Mindset is NEVER GIVE UP.

'I don't understand YET' - it is important to understand that learning is a journey.  Maths that we can't do at the beginning is the most exciting Maths and we feel a great sense of achievement once we have unlocked the problem.

Encourage your child to try puzzles from the newspaper or use websites such as

The children really enjoy trying Ken Ken puzzles. They can start with the easiest and progress to the larger puzzles.

How you can support Fluency at home  


Fluency means being able to perform calculations confidently and quickly.  This means being confident in the four operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  Essential skills are:

You may have read in the press that a new Times Tables test will be introduced in 2017. Children should know all their times tables to 12 x 12 by the end of year 4. They should be able to recall facts rapidly in different formats, eg

6 x 7 = ?

3 x ? = 24

56 ÷ ? = 8

See the Parents' Guides below for which tables are required in each year.

Number bonds are the addition and subtraction facts. Children should learn

Number bonds to 10 eg 3 + 7 = 10,     10 - 6 = 4                                   Number bonds within 10 eg 3 + 4 = 7,     8 - 3 = 5

Number bonds to 20 eg 12 + 8 = 20,     20 - 15 = 5

Number bonds within 20 eg 9 + 6 = 15,     13 - 7 = 6

Number bonds to 100 eg 81 + 19 = 100,     100 - 73 = 27


Reception/Year 1 songs

Farmer Pete

Big Number Song


Times Table songs

2 x table

3 x table

4 x table

5 x table

6 x table

7 x table

8 x table

9 x table

10 x table

11 x table

12 x table

How you can support Reasoning at home  

Reasoning means that the children can explain why they are doing something. They should not only be able to tell you the answer to a problem, but how they got to the answer and how they know it's the right answer.

Maths in Everyday Life   

It is important that children realise that Maths is not just about lessons at school, but is part of everyday life. With infant children, please practise counting - forwards and backwards to 100. Then work on counting in 2s, 5s, and 10s. One fun way to do this is 'Let's have a cuddle while we count to 100'.

Children should learn to count verbally and using objects such as pieces of pasta, Lego etc. Make counting a fun part of everyday life! 

Telling the Time

Please help your children to learn to tell the time.  They need to be able to read analogue (normal clocks), digital and 24 hour clocks.  From year 4 onwards they can even learn to read clocks with Roman Numerals!



Maths Online Games