Home Learning Guides & Activities For Primary School Parents & Teachers

These are unprecedented times for schools who have been supporting families with home learning since the school closures in March. Educators, teachers and education companies have come together in a shared goal of keeping learning going throughout the coronavirus Covid-19 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 supporing children and their parents academically at home and 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 Packs

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 packs, including year 1 to year 6 maths worksheets, maths packs, daily practice and lots more. We will be adding to these home learning resources regularly so to stay up to date please be sure to register for your free Maths Hub account here

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Home Learning Maths Curriculum Guides For Parents

As with teachers there’s a vast range in what parents already know about the primary maths curriculum and the crossover into secondary maths. We’ve created these home learning toolkits as practical information guides to hand to parents and carers with children studying maths at school. Each one breaks down what the curriculum expects children to learn in maths for each year group and then how parents can help support their children through it.

Year 2 Maths: Home Learning Toolkit for 6 and 7 Year Olds

Year 3 Maths: Home Learning Toolkit for 7 and 8 Year Olds

Year 4 Maths: Home Learning Toolkit for 8 and 9 Year Olds

Year 5 Maths: Home Learning Toolkit for 9 and 10 Year Olds

Year 6 Maths: Home Learning Toolkit for 10 and 11 Year Olds

Year 7 Maths: Home Learning Toolkit for 11 and 12 Year Olds

Maths for 11 Year Olds: Tips For SATs and Transition To Secondary Maths

Maths Homework: What Parents Should Know

You may be surprised both by how much parents 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 break down all parents need to know about the major topics at primary school that children struggle with. They are designed so parent and child can work through them together at their own pace as part of their home learning work on maths at home

And if this still isn’t enough we’ve also brought together a list of our top free maths homework sites and apps

Inspiring A Love of Maths: Why Maths Is Important

Parents as we know are their children’s first influencers and can have an enormous effect on how much children enjoy and even achieve in maths. Here at Third Space Learning, we love maths, we know how important it is and we believe everyone can do it.

But it’s completely normal for some children to struggle, some children to think they hate it, and some even to develop maths anxiety.

The article Why is Maths Important points you to lots of useful information and ideas on how to build up children’s resilience and improve both their attitude to maths and their ability to learn maths, covering topics such as growth mindset and metacognition along the way.

Home Learning Activities

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.

We’ve collected together our favourite free maths games to do at home just in time for home learning – all you’ll need is a paper and pen, and for some of them, a die or a pack of cards. Hours of fantastic maths fun and it doesn’t even need to stop when you have to go on a journey. We’ve included some activities for car journeys too!

You’ll also find ideas to encourage maths in everyday life, how to teach kids about money, and, our favourite, a brilliant number facts paper flip, not to mention maths in French.

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 free Primary Maths Dictionary for Kids, deliberately created to help explain some of the trickier and more unusual terms.   

All the key terms parents will come across from partitioning to perimeter are included in a dictionary format and then where needed, we provide links to additional guidance such as on BODMAS (or BIDMAS), square numbers, regular and irregular shapes and our favourite, maths word problems.

Each of the additional articles are tackled in a ‘What is’ format, suitable for KS1 and KS2 parents with sample questions and answers and how they are used in the primary maths curriculum. A bit like you’re likely to find on the knowledge organisers your school will hand out to show what children need to learn about a topic.

Topics covered like this so far include:

  • What Is The Highest Common Factor
  • What Is A Venn Diagram
  • What Are Lowest Common Multiples
  • What Is Place Value
  • What Is A Unit Fraction
  • 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? 
  • What Is Partitioning?
  • What Is The 12 Hour And 24 Hour Clock? 
  • What Are Equivalent Fractions
  • What Are Concrete Resources

We’re adding to this primary maths dictionary all the time but if we don’t cover it and you need us to, just get in touch hello@thirdspacelearning.com and we’ll write it for you!

Home Learning and Primary School Homework

Never will parents have such respect for teachers as they will after 48 hours of home learning. The principles of home learning apply equally to managing children’s homework in ordinary times. Wherever you sit on the homework debate and whether it’s necessary at primary school, most schools still subscribe to some degree of learning taking place at home, whether that’s phonics, weekly spellings, or daily Times Tables Rockstars.

Use our primary homework help guide for parents to understand what you need to know and how to embed good habits and routines in school homework – look out for top tips and hacks from parents with experience.

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.

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!

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Every week Third Space Learning’s maths specialist tutors support thousands of primary school children with weekly online 1-to-1 lessons. Since 2013 we’ve helped over 60,000 children become more confident, able mathematicians. Lessons are available for schools looking to support their target pupils and for parents looking for maths help at home.

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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