




Questions
parents ask






My
child is only five and can count up to 50. That’s clever isn’t it?


Yes
that’s great, but make sure your child can count things as well as say the
numbers. In other words, when children count actual objects (like building
bricks or sweets) make sure they are pointing to, or ‘checking off’, the
objects one by one as they say the numbers. You may find they are not doing
this yet and that they lose count after so many. But don't worry, with practice
they will be able to do this confidently. 








Should
I make my child learn their times tables by a certain age?


Schools
are working towards getting every child to learn up to their ten times table
by the end of Year 5, when most children will be ten years old. Encourage
your child to learn their tables ‘by heart’ as they move up from Year 2
(age seven and above), but it will help to remember these tips. First, use
a young child's fingers to help as you count ‘One times two is two’. Second,
start with the easier tables like two, three, five and ten times table.
Third, join in with them as they count aloud (such as counting 5p coins)
and when they are confident about this, they can then learn ‘by heart’.
Fourth, learn tables ‘inside out and back to front’ in other words, not
just ‘five threes are 15’ but also talk about how ‘three fives are 15’ too
and ‘15 divided by five is three’ and ‘15 divided by three is five’. It
all helps, but above all, try to make learning their tables fun! 




My
child did not reach Level 2 in Key Stage 1 in maths. I am very worried.
What should I do?


At
the school's parents’ evening, ask your child’s teacher which particular
areas of maths your child seems to find difficult. Also, ask the teacher
how you can help your child at home to meet the targets that have been set
for him or her at school. Encourage them with their homework and play maths
games and activities to give them lots of practice and confidence with maths.
Finally, try not to worry too much. Your child will know if you are worried
and this won't help their confidence. 




Should
I let my child use a calculator?


If
necessary  yes. For example, if you are doing a ‘brain teaser’ like working
out how many minutes you have been alive, then a calculator is useful once
you know which numbers you are going to multiply. 




Sometimes
my child asks for help with homework, but I don’t know how best to do
this. What should I do?


Start
by asking your child to explain, as well as they can, what the homework
is. Read any instructions aloud and talk it through with your child, to
try and put the tasks in order. Try to help your child in such a way that
they feel they have done it for themselves. Take time to sit down and talk
with your child about their homework and try to work it out with them. That
will give them confidence to do it on their own next time. If this is a
regular problem, speak to your child's teacher about it. 








Questions
parents ask 

