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Welcome to the Hertfordshire Mathematics website - Parents and Carers page.

Nobody would deny the contribution that parents and carers make to their child's education. Parents often ask teachers, "What can I do at home to help my child with maths?"

Throughout this website, you will find materials, resources, information about the teaching and learning of mathematics throughout the school years.

The most effective support you can offer your child is your time! Highlight the mathematical situations in everyday life whenever possible eg counting stairs, shopping, journeys, planning TV viewing and playing games. Games do not have to be expensive - a pack of cards, a set of dominoes, some dice and a calendar provide endless opportunities to explore mathematics.

If you have the opportunity to attend a workshop of Parents Evening for mathematics at your child's school, please make the effort to attend. You will find it enjoyable and informative.


We have collected together references, web-links and resources that specifically mention learning about mathematics at home.

  • "Learning about mathematics at home and at school" - a useful leaflet from the Basic Skills Agency
  • "Mathematics Learning in Year 1 to Year 6" - produced by BEAM Education for the National Numeracy Strategy. These leaflets, with many ideas, are available from your child's school on request.

Supporting Your Child At Home Booklets

From National Strategies 2008

Supporting Your Child At Home Booklets


Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Helping Children With Maths in Yr 5 & 6

From National Strategies 2008

Using a calculator

Use a calculator to solve problems, including those involving decimals; interpret the display correctly in the context of money and measurement.

Understanding timetables and 24-hour clocks

Read timetables and time, using 24-hour clock notation; use a calendar to calculate time intervals.

Understanding decimals

Read and use decimal numbers; compare two decimal numbers and explain why one is larger than the other. Identify decimal numbers on a scale and place decimal numbers on a number line.


Express a smaller whole number as a fraction of a larger one: find equivalent fractions; relate fractions to their decimal representations.

Interpreting line graphs

Answer questions and draw conclusions from line graphs; collect, select and organise data, using ICT to present line graphs, and identify further questions to ask.

Number facts

Recall multiplication facts up to 10 × 10 and use these facts to work out division facts, for example, knowing 4 × 7 = 28 means we can work out
28 ÷ 4 and 28 ÷ 7. Multiply pairs of multiples of 10 such as 20 × 60, 30 × 70.

Using a protractor

Estimate, draw and measure acute and obtuse angles, using an angle measurer or protractor to a suitable degree of accuracy.

Reading scales

Read and interpret scales on a range of measuring instruments. Compare readings on different scales, and when using different instruments.

Scaling up and
scaling down

Solve problems involving changing quantities for groups of different size. For example, scale down to decrease quantities in a recipe designed to feed six people. Use multiplication and division to solve problems.

Learning about shapes

Read and plot coordinates in the first quadrant; recognise parallel and perpendicular lines in grids and shapes; use a ruler to draw shapes.

Reading bar charts
and tables

Interpret bar charts and tables and use them to locate information and answer questions.

Time and time lines

Read timetables and time, using 12-hour and 24-hour clock notation.

Year 9 National Tests

2003 Advice Sheet for Parents

Secondary schools were sent folders containing "Year 9 booster kit: Mathematics" from the DfES. Inside is a sheet of advice for parents. Ask your school for the current sheet or download the file below:

Useful Web Links

There are numerous websites with interactive opportunities for you to play with your child.

Some starting points: