How good do you think you are at helping your child with maths?
It isn’t just about knowing how to get the sums right. It’s about being self-aware and about saying and doing the right things.
Your child takes their lead from you, so take this quiz to find out how well you’re doing.
And remember, be honest. Fooling the quiz is fooling yourself!
Are you someone who finds maths difficult? Does it make you feel anxious? Well, you could be suffering from maths anxiety!
To find out more about maths anxiety and the risks of passing it onto your kids, read this post about maths anxiety
Do you ever feel anxious about maths?
A recent study from the University of Chicago found that children whose parents are anxious about maths are more likely to struggle with maths at school.
The study showed that parents slowed their child’s progress when:
- they helped with homework and passed their maths anxiety onto their child
- they were less confident in explaining mathematical concepts
- they didn’t respond well when their children made a mistake or solved a problem in different way
So what does this tell us?
It tells us that as a parent you have a powerful role to play in helping your child to fulfill their potential in maths, and that starts when they are very young.
You need to :
- Develop an awareness of your own maths anxiety and avoid passing it onto your child
- Develop an understanding that making mistakes is part of learning and that there are lots of ways to solve a problem
- Develop confidence in explaining basic mathematical concepts and methods to ensure your input is productive
So do you pass your anxieties onto your child? Or are you a good maths helper? Take our Maths helper quiz to find out.
If you know what your child’s teacher expects from them, you can make sure that your child is on track and avoid that terrible anxiety we’ve all felt late at night when we think we don’t know enough and are not doing enough to help!
So here’s the insider’s guide to what your child’s teacher will expect them to know and do in English by the end of year 1.
The six areas are:
- Word reading
- Reading comprehension
- Vocabulary, grammar and punctuation
And here’s the detail:
|Use phonic knowledge and skills to read words|
|Know all of the 40+ phonemes and know the letters or groups of letters that represent them|
|Read accurately by blending sounds in unfamiliar words|
|Read common exception words
Read words that end in –s, –es, –ing, –ed, –er and –est
|Read other words of more than one syllable|
|Read words with contractions e.g. I’m, I’ll, we’ll|
|Read and re-read aloud from books using their developing phonic knowledge and to build fluency and confidence|
|Read a range of poems, stories and non-fiction|
|Be able to re-tell stories including fairy stories and traditional tales|
|Recite some rhymes and poems by heart|
|Discuss the meaning of words|
|Understand, discuss and explain about the things they are listening to and reading|
|Learn to spell words containing the 40+ phonemes they have been taught|
|Learn to spell the common exception words|
|Name and use the letters of the alphabet|
|Learn to add suffixes e.g. -s, -es, -ing, -ed, -er and -est and the prefix ‘un’|
|Write simple sentences that are dictated to them using the words they have learnt so far|
|Begin to form lower-case, capital letters and the digits 0 to 9 correctly|
|Write sentences to form short narratives and re-read to check it makes sense|
|Read aloud and discuss what they’re written|
VOCABULARY, GRAMMAR & PUNCTUATION
|Leave spaces in between words|
|Join words and clauses using ‘and’|
|Punctuate sentences using capital letters, full stops, questions marks or exclamation marks|
|Use capital letters for names of people, places, days of the week and ‘I’|
Stay ahead and keep informed about what your child will be learning in maths this year with our FREE Year 1 English one-pager. Stick it on the fridge or the wall! To get it, click here
Would you like to know more about how teachers teach phonics in year 1 and how you can make a difference at home?
Our Year 1 Phonics workbook is coming soon!
Quite a lot! Recent ( 2014) changes to the curriculum mean that expectations in maths have been raised. If you want to help them with maths at home, you need to know what to expect them to be able to do too.
The year 1 curriculum is divided into 3 areas:
Number is the main area of focus and most of your child’s daily maths lessons will include learning about number.
Here’s the detail:
Number & Place Value
|Count up to 100, starting at any number|
|Read and write numbers to 100|
|Read and write numbers to 20 in words|
|Count on and back in 2s, 5s and 10s to 100|
|Given a number, say the number that is 1 more or 1 less, up to 100|
|Use objects and number lines to represent and order numbers|
|Use the following language: equal to, more than, less than (fewer), most, least|
|Know that a half is 1 of 2 equal parts and a quarter is 1 of 4 equal parts.|
|Find a half and a quarter of an object, shape or quantity|
Addition and Subtraction
|Learn simple addition and subtraction to 20|
|Use and know pairs of numbers that add up to 20 and related subtraction facts e.g. 9 + 11 = 20; 20 – 11 = 9 ; 9 = 20 – 11|
|Solve one-step problems that involve addition and subtraction, using objects and number lines|
|Solve missing number problems such as 7 = ? – 9|
Multiplication and Division
|Solve multiplication and division problems using objects, pictures or arrays|
|Measure and solve problems involving length, weight and capacity|
|Tell the time to the hour and half past the hour|
|Know about hours, minutes and seconds, years, weeks and months and put events into chronological order|
Position and Direction
|Describe position, direction and movement, using words like left and right, top, middle and bottom, forwards and backwards, inside and outside|
|Describe whole, half, quarter and three-quarter turns and relate to movement on a clock face|
Properties of Shapes
|Recognise and name common 2-D and 3-D shapes|
Stay ahead and keep informed about what your child will be learning in maths this year with our FREE Year 1 maths one-pager. Stick it on the fridge or the wall! To get it, click here.
Would you like to know more about how teachers teach maths in year 1 so you don’t confuse your child?
Our Year 1 Maths workbook is coming soon!