Home Learning Guidance For Schools and Parents In Primary Schools

These are unprecedented times for schools who are now needing to support home learning. Educators, teachers and education companies are coming together in a shared goal of keeping learning going throughout the Coronavirus pandemic. 

With this in mind, we think one of the best contributions we can make to support everyone through these uncertain times is sharing what we already know about teaching maths outside of the traditional classroom.

Third Space Learning has been teaching children maths online for over 6 years now. Our one-to-one maths programmes take place online with tutor support, but central to the learning experience are the teaching resources we provide for all classes and pupils at primary school, not just those who require the one-to-one tuition. 

Online Learning Is Not Enough

When it comes to home learning, as any Headteacher or Senior Leader knows, it’s not enough to just provide an online learning equivalent. Not only does the quality and quantity of online devices and computers at home vary hugely, but parents will also have varying capacities in their time or confidence to keep children going. 

So, to help your parents get the most of the free resources we know you will be providing them with, we’ve brought together the following collection of guides, advice, tips and additional teaching resources, all centred around teaching maths. Every blog post contains ideas to keep children busy and engaged in maths at home and they’ve all been written with parents in mind.    

We recommend adding a link to this page on your own school website to provide another source of support and guidance for parents on their home learning journey.

Free Home Learning Resources

As part of Third Space Learning’s provision for primary schools we have an online Maths Hub of thousands of KS1 and KS2 maths resources, many of them linked to the White Rose Maths scheme. Our teachers have been busy compiling categories of those most suitable for distance learning.

Here’s the full list of free home learning resources, including home learning packs, maths packs, daily practice and lots more. We will be adding to these resources regularly so to stay up to date please be sure to register for your free Maths Hub account here

Maths At Home: What Parents Should Know 

You may be surprised both by how much they know about some aspects (ask them about partitioning!) and occasionally by how little (who knew the difference between area and perimeter was so tricky to grasp?). The following guides will reassure you that it’s all normal, but there are specific things you should know and can do to help your child with maths at home

Parent’s Guide to Helping With Maths At Home for Year 2

Parent’s Guide to Helping With Maths At Home for Year 3

Parent’s Guide to Helping With Maths At Home for Year 4

Parent’s Guide to Helping With Maths At Home for Year 5

Parent’s Guide to Helping With Maths At Home for Year 6

Parent’s Guide to Helping With SATs and Secondary School

Understanding Maths Anxiety – A Parent’s Guide

Metacognitive Strategies: Using them at home

What is Growth Mindset and How Can You Help Children To Develop It?

Why Is Maths Important?

Home Learning Activities for Primary Maths

Each of these blog posts is packed with ideas, tips and activities to turn to when children are struggling to remember, understand or move forward in their learning.

10 Minute Maths at Home: Number Facts Paper Flip

How To Help Your Child Learn Times Tables At Home

How To Teach Your Child Learn Fractions At Home

How To Help Your Child When Comparing Fractions, Decimals, And Percentages

How To Help Your Child With Short Division and Long Division 

What To Do When Your Child Is Struggling With Learning Maths: Advice For Parents

Concrete resources explained for parents: How to use them with your child at home

Maths At Home: Making It Fun

As educators, we know it’s not all about fun but, when you’re trying to keep spirits high, injecting a bit of fun into maths at home doesn’t go amiss. Here are our favourite fun maths activities and games for kids to do at home when they’ve had enough of online learning.

Teaching Kids About Money

4 Reasons to Take Maths Outside

5 Tips for Encouraging Real Life Maths

5 Ways Maths Help Children in Life 

9 Famous Female Mathematicians Who Have Changed The World 

Screen time for kids: making it positive

Maths in French

25 Fun Maths Activities And Games For Kids To Do At Home For Free!

Primary Maths Curriculum Knowledge Buster

Much of the 2020 primary maths curriculum will be new to parents, and the terminology may flummox or confuse, so we’d encourage you to point them to our Primary Maths Dictionary for Kids and Parents, deliberately created to help explain some of the trickier and more unusual terms.  

What Is A Square Number: Explained For Primary School Parents And Kids

What is BODMAS And BIDMAS: Explained For Primary School Parents And Kids

What Is The Highest Common Factor: Explained For Primary Parents And Kids

What Is A Venn Diagram: Explained For Primary Parents And Kids

What Is The Lowest Common Multiple: Explained For Primary Parents And Kids

What Is Place Value?: Explained For Primary Parents And Kids

What Is A Unit Fraction? Explained For Primary Parents And Kids

What Is A Line Of Symmetry: Symmetrical Shapes Explained For Primary Parents And Kids

What Is A Number Sentence: Explained For Primary Parents And Kids!

What Is The Highest Common Factor: Explained For Primary Parents And Kids

What Is a Prime Number? Explanation and Practice Questions for Primary Parents And Kids

What Are Coordinates

Regular And Irregular Shapes: Explained For Primary School Parents

Word Problems Explained For Primary School Parents 

Partitioning Explained For Primary School Parents and Kids

Primary School Grades Explained: Attainment, Achievement and Progress

Home Learning and Your Homework Hub

Never will parents have such respect for teachers as they will after 48 hours of home learning. Read these blog posts to find out how to make the most of your homework time together – with a particular focus on maths homework.

How To Help Your Child With Maths Homework: A Parent’s Guide

The Great British Homework Debate – Is It Necessary At Primary School?

The Best Homework Hacks – 18 Tips and Tricks to Help You Get It Done Fast

Top 10 Free Maths Homework Sites and Apps

How You Can Create Amazing Before And After School Routines For your Child

13 Fun Homework Ideas: The Best Ways to Make Homework Fun for Kids

Home Learning For The Summer And Beyond …

Some of the regular blog posts we have written in the past about summer holiday learning and home study are just as relevant now when it looks like we may be seeing school closures across the sector from early years to GCSE and A Level right through to September. Lots of ideas to keep home learning in maths going throughout the year…

Back to School Maths Ideas for Parents

Back To School Tips for Parents: 10 Ways to get them ready and excited

11 Back to School Tips

Year 7 Maths at Home: How to Help in The Transition To Secondary School

Summer Maths Activities For Kids – Keep Your Child’s Maths Skills Sharp Over The Holidays

How To Prevent The Summer Slide: 10 Ways Parents Can Ensure Their Child Is Prepared For The New School Year

6 New School Year Resolutions

KS1 And KS2 SATs For Parents

Every year we give over 7,000 pupils online maths interventions to support them for their Key Stage 2 SATs. Whilst the 2020 SATs will not be going ahead, parents may still find some of the tips and information helpful at this time. Plenty of the teaching content and revision techniques are applicable for Year 6 as a whole, not just the end of year assessments. Here is everything parents need to know about the KS1 and KS2 SATs.

SATS Scores Explained for KS1 and KS2 Parents

Free SATs Downloads For KS1 And KS2 Parents – Maths SATs Papers, Blogs And More To Help Your Child Smash The SATs!

KS2 SATs Preparation: How to Help Year 6 Children Revise Maths at Home

29 SATs Tips Parents Need To Help Your Child Smash Their SATs

How To Support Your Child With Their Mental Health and Wellbeing During SATs

We hope this blog helps in some way to support schools and families. Third Space Learning will be operating as usual through the crisis and we’re setting up all children to continue to receive their 1-to-1 maths intervention programmes from home. Get in touch at hello@thirdspacelearning.com or on twitter or facebook if you need any support in maths, want to set up your own pupils with online one to one maths lessons or just generally fancy a chat. We’re all working as normal but from home. Good Luck!

Sophie Bessemer
Sophie Bessemer
Third Space Learning
Content Team
An education publisher, content editor and primary school governor, Sophie works at Third Space producing resources and sharing best practice
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