Maths Home Learning

Here are some maths history ideas that your child may like to complete in addition to their weekly tasks:

Outside activities

  • Counting- On the pavements or flag stones, with chalk, write out numbers, counting forwards or backwards, take turns to carry on the sequence someone else has started.
  • Circle fun- Tie 2 pieces of chalk together with string to make a compass. Measure the string and predict the size of the circle, what happens when the string size changes?
  • Sit in the garden (or look out of the window) at the same time each day. Set a timer for five minutes. Count how many birds you see and create a daily tally chart and then total how many birds you see each day. (Could you find out which types of birds you see?).
  • Ball throw- Collect some boxes, buckets or containers of different sizes. Label them with different point values. Collect as many different sized balls as you can and set a distance from the containers. Now see how many balls you can throw into the containers. Record your scores at the end of your turn then it’s someone else's turn. When everyone has had a go, add up all the scores to see who wins!
  • Throw and measure- Collect as many different sized balls as you can. Throw the ball as far as you can and then measure how far you've thrown it using different objects or units, for example, your brothers shoe, a ruler, a piece of wood, a tape measure or whatever you find first! Record all your throws, which ball could you throw the furthest?

Daily walks

  • Estimation- On your daily walks estimate how many steps to get to the post box, lamppost or parked car. Then walk and count.
  • Observation and counting- On your daily walks, how many circles/squares/triangles/rectangles can you spot? Look for any patterns you can see, look for certain numbers on doors, signposts, talk about what the numbers mean. Count anything! Talk about time, how long to get where we are going?

In the house activities

  • Games- Make your own maths game, anything that involves adding, subtracting or counting.
  • Create your own game of bingo at home.  For younger children the bingo caller shouts out a number, for older children the bingo caller calls out a times table (for example 8x8) and you have to find the answer on your bingo card.
  • Cooking/baking- Choose a recipe, compare the differences in the measurements of ingredients. Measure out the ingredients, make more or less of your recipe by doubling or halving the amounts, discuss what will happen to the end result!
  • Family tower building- Have a tower building contest. Use 3 sheets of paper and 10 paper clips each. See who can build the tallest tower!
  • Guess the volume- Take 4 containers out of the cupboards, estimate or guess how much liquid they will hold. Test them out over a sink or bath.
  • Play cards- Take two cards each, add the numbers together, the player with the highest number wins!
  • Play a clue game- Pick an object (don't tell the children what it is!) Then give them clues to the object by using directional language, such as down, up, over, between, through, beside, in front of, behind. Make more difficult by giving two part directions, it’s on top of the table and to the left of the TV!
  • Family heights- Create a family height chart and compare the differences between your heights, can they say who is the tallest/shortest? Can they work out the height difference between two family members?
  • How many different colours of socks do you have?  Sort them into different colours to find out.
  • Go on a shape hunt around your house  - how many rectangular or cylindrical objects can you find?
  • How many different, interesting ways can you make the answer 24? (This could be done with any number)
    • You can use no more then 2 steps to get the answer 
    • eg: 3 x 7 +3 =24 this is a 2 step question
    • 10 x 5 - 26 = 24 this is a 2 step question
    • 30 - 6 = 24  this is one step 
    • 20 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 = 24 this is a 4 step question and not allowed!
  • Learn to tell the time

Please  also have look at the links below for further ideas:


Problem of the day activity


The Maths Factor by Carol Vorderman




Times Table Fluency


Free online resources and tutorials


Assessments and free worksheets available for each unit of work

Files to Download

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