St. Joseph’s N.S.
Supporting Children with Maths
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:
For 1st /2nd 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 3rd/4th 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:
For 5th /6th 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:
Useful Maths Websites
Useful on-line resources to assist in the development of problem solving skills among pupils:
Nrich enriching mathematics
New Zealand Maths
National Library of Virtual Manipulatives- Utha State University
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.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/ladybird-spots Senior Infants Counting
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 3rd/4th shopping
Addition and Subtraction facts to 20
Various word problems
Open ended investigations
Using the least amount of elastic bands create at least eight letters on the geo board
Word Problems with extra info
http://www.mathplayground.com/wpdatabase/wpindex.html (Senior Classes)
Who will be first in the playground?
Interactive Dienes Blocks/ Base Blocs
Peg board Triangles
Show how to use common classroom equipment to teach numeracy concepts.
Logic Game- Snoring Elephant
Triangle - find the difference
Make up your own problem
Other Websites and Suitable Maths Games
http://www.mad4maths.com/telling_time Time - Junior Classes
www.lolapanda.com Junior Infants - First