**St. Joseph’s N.S.**

**Supporting Children with Maths**

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**Here is a useful resource to helping problem solving at home. **

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**As a parent/guardian of a child in a Junior Class you can help us by:**

- Give your child containers to play with. Talk about: holds more/less or empty/full. Try activities such as baking or playing with sand/water.
- Encourage your child to tidy up toys. Try comparing them: This toy is heavier/lighter, or bigger/smaller than.
- Make patterns using buttons or clothes pegs. Think about pattern in colour, size and shape.
- Say simple counting rhymes together: Ten Green Bottles.
- Give your child maths objects to play with: measuring tapes, rulers, phones, watches, jugs, weighing scales.

Look at the clock: time for school/bed.

- Ask your child to help with sorting: matching socks, or putting things in the fridge/press.
- Look at shapes: How many circles can you see in the kitchen? What shapes can you find in the garden? Look at books and pick out different shapes.
- Draw attention to the, days of the week and time of the day: today, yesterday, tomorrow, morning, night.
- Look at numbers: on cars, buses, in shops. Have number hunts to see who can spot the most numbers.
- Measure your child: How tall is he/she? What is his/her shoe size? Use words like big/small, wide/narrow, tall/short.
- Play counting games: counting up and down stairs. Play simple games using a dice: Snakes and ladders, Bingo or Hopscotch.
- Draw or make shapes using sand, pasta, crayons, cardboard cut-outs. Talk about them: square/circle, straight/curved.
- Make a pretend shop using tins and packets of food. Use real or pretend money. Talk about: How many? How much?
- What change did we get?

These tips are available on the NCCA website and are available in a number of different languages. Videos are also available of these tips being modelled. Please log onto:

http://www.ncca.ie/en/Curriculum_and_Assessment/Parents/Primary/Infant_Classes/

For 1^{st} /2^{nd} class tips and videos of mathematical concepts being modelled please log onto the NCCA website below. They are also available in a number of different languages: http://www.ncca.ie/en/Curriculum_and_Assessment/Parents/Primary/1st_and_2nd_Classes/

**As a parent/guardian of a child in a Senior Class you can help us by:**

- Listening to and talking with your child about topics covered in Maths daily.
- Encourage your child and help them with their homework.
- Asking questions which encourage your child to use mental mathematic strategies learned in school, e.g. car journey distances,
- Check and listen to your child’s tables.
- Provide opportunities to your child to solve problems in real-life situations at home, e.g. measuring a room for wallpaper and carpet.
- Showing you value Maths by trying to identify Maths in the environment, e.g. money shopping, shapes etc.
- Helping your child to use the computer at home to explore Maths programmes and develop their Maths skills.

For 3^{rd}/4^{th} class tips and videos of mathematical concepts being modelled please log onto the NCCA website below. They are also available in a number of different languages:

http://www.ncca.ie/en/Curriculum_and_Assessment/Parents/Primary/3rd_and_4th_Classes/

For 5^{th} /6^{th} class tips and videos of mathematical concepts being modelled please log onto the NCCA website below. They are also available in a number of different languages:

http://www.ncca.ie/en/Curriculum_and_Assessment/Parents/Primary/5th_and_6th_Classes/

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**Useful Maths Websites**

Useful on-line resources to assist in the development of problem solving skills among pupils:

*Nrich enriching mathematics*

http://nrich.maths.org/early-years

*MathPlayground*

*New Zealand Maths*

http://www.nzmaths.co.nz/level-1-problems?parent_node=

*National Library of Virtual Manipulatives- Utha State University*

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http://nrich.maths.org/early-years

www.nrichmaths.org/53 Roll The Dice Stage 2

http://nrich.maths.org/6589 Strike it Out

http://nrich.maths.org/136 Noah Game

www.nrich.maths.org/6071 Time-Stop The Clock

http://nrich.maths.org/1216 Totality Junior Classes

http://nrich.maths.org/content/id/8863 Incey Wincy Counting

www.ictgames.com/sharknumbers.html Place Value

http://www.ictgames.com/save_the_whale_v4.html

http://ictgames.com/save_the_whale_v4.html

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/gingerbread-man-game Jun Infants

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/ladybird-spots Senior Infants Counting

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/mental-maths

www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/11-14-years/number

www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games 5-7-years problem solving.

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button Middle Classes

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?b=maths/problemsolving 3^{rd}/4^{th} shopping

http://illuminations.nctm.org/Activity.aspx?id=3540

www.mathplayground.com/number_bonds_20.html

http://www.mathplayground.com/ASB_Ducky_Race_Subtraction.html

Addition and Subtraction facts to 20

http://www.mathplayground.com/wpdatabase/wpindex.html

Various word problems

http://www.mathplayground.com/wordproblems.html

**Open ended investigations**

Geo Boards

Using the least amount of elastic bands create at least eight letters on the geo board

http://www.mathplayground.com/geoboard.html

Word Problems with extra info

http://www.mathplayground.com/wpdatabase/wpindex.html (Senior Classes)

http://nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/frames_asid_125_g_1_t_4.html?open=activities&from=category_g_1_t_4.html

Who will be first in the playground?

http://nrich.maths.org/7248/note

Number plates

http://www.nzmaths.co.nz/resource/bills-number-plates?parent_node=

Interactive Dienes Blocks/ Base Blocs

http://nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/frames_asid_152_g_3_t_1.html?from=category_g_3_t_1.html

**Practical Tasks**

Peg board Triangles

Pattern Blocks

http://www.mathplayground.com/patternblocks.html

http://nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/frames_asid_169_g_1_t_2.html?open=activities&from=category_g_1_t_2.html

**Math Bars**

http://www.mathplayground.com/mathbars.html

Show how to use common classroom equipment to teach numeracy concepts.

http://www.nzmaths.co.nz/equipment-animations?parent_node=

**Games**

Flitwits Division

Logic Game- Snoring Elephant

http://www.mathplayground.com/logic_snoring.html

**Puzzles**

Triangle - find the difference

http://nrich.maths.org/content/id/6227/FindDiff.swf

Marble colours

http://nrich.maths.org/5930/note

**Projects**

Make up your own problem

http://www.nzmaths.co.nz/resource/make-your-own

**Other Websites and Suitable Maths Games**

http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths/countdown/

http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths/shapes/coordinates.html#Symmetry

www.resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths/timestable/interactive.htm 3rd Class

http://www.puzzlechoice.com/pc/Arith24x.html

http://resources.oswego.org/games/stoptheclock/sthec2.html

http://www.4nums.com/game/tips.html

http://www.abcya.com/division_drag_race.htm

http://www.exemplars.com/education-materials/free-samples/math-3-5

www.mathsphere.co.uk/resources/angle.pdf.pdf

http://sport.maths.org/content/national-flags

www.turtlediary.com/math-games.html

http://www.mad4maths.com/telling_time Time - Junior Classes

http://www.coolmath4kids.com/math_puzzles/n5-numberbubbles1.html** **

**Senior Classes**

http://www.kidsmathgamesonline.com/memory/patternmemory.html

www.lolapanda.com Junior Infants - First

www.funbrain.com/cgi-bin/pw.cgi?A1=s&A2=2

www.free-training-tutorial.com/percentage-games.html

http://www.multiplication.com/games/all-games

http://mathszone.co.uk/count-and-understand/estimating/ Jun Infants

http://ie.ixl.com/math/class-3/multi-step-word-problems Middle-Senior

http://www.kidsmathgamesonline.com/numbers/fractions.html

www.theschoolhub.ie/samplelesson(free) 2^{nd}-4^{th}

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/maths/number/equivalent_fractions/play/ Senior Classes