Maths in French: Master the basics at Key Stage 1 and 2

Why not try a bit of maths in French next time you get the chance to visit France. Although it might be tempting to down tools altogether there are plenty of things you can do when on holiday to keep the cogs turning.

To help, it might be a good idea to think of maths in a foreign language? This will help your child to continue their development and have fun whilst away from school this summer. And, before you know it, they will be conversing with the locals using their newfound knowledge!

So, without further ado, let’s get started with some maths home learning – in French!

For anyone who is wondering, the French word for maths is mathématiques.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way… let’s take a look at some basic vocabulary together to get you started:


Numbers are a good place to start. Mastering these will help your child to start using French when you are out and about.

maths in french: numbers

Consistently reading these out loud and reciting them together will you push these terms into your long term memory.

You might then want to use these numbers in a holiday themed sentence. Perhaps:

Je voudrais + [number] + glaces = I would like + [number] + ice creams

For example:

Je voudrais huit glaces = I would like eight ice creams

Four Operations

Do we all remember our operations?

In maths, operations refer to addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

Fortunately, most of the four operations are the same as their English equivalents so it might not take long for your child to remember these!

  • addition = l’addition
  • subtraction = la soustraction
  • multiplication = la multiplication
  • division = la division
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2D Shapes

Once your child has mastered the French for numbers and operations, you can then move them on to talking about shapes.

Why not try finding one of the shapes below when you’re on holiday? Perhaps a nice square piece of cake?

This will really start to get their brain working:

maths in french: 2D shapes

Try to encourage your child to incorporate their number and shape knowledge together in the sentence:

J’ai [number] + [shape] = I have [number] + [shape]

For example:

J’ai trois triangles = I have three triangles

3D Shapes

Once you have mastered this vocabulary, why not move on to 3D shapes?

maths in french: 3d shapes

Again, try to encourage your child to use their shape vocabulary in the sentence:

J’ai [number] + [shape]

For example:

J’ai onze cônes = I have eleven cones

To improve memory retention further, it might be a good idea to print this vocabulary.

Sticking these translations up around your house (once you have returned from your holidays), will help cement the ‘maths in french’ connections made in your child’s brain.

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