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Ninian Park Primary School


Mathematics and Numeracy


Each week every child from Reception to Year 6 will complete a CLIC and Big Maths Beat That (BMBT) test every Friday. This is a fun and easy way to monitor and track progress in key skills. 
Our children enjoy completing these tests and you may want to complete one each week at home. The expected levels are in the table below, however children work at their own level.


     You can try some activities linked to BIG MATHS by going onto           the BIG MATHS website using this link:

Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division strategies




Maths activities to try at home

How quick can you ... ?


Using a watch, phone's timer or a stopwatch, time how long it takes you to do different activities.  Choose exercises and time how long it takes you to do them.  Which is quicker?  How much faster is X then Y?


Suggested activities to time

  • Doing 20 jumping jacks
  • Throw and catch a ball 20 times
  • Putting on 5 items of clothing
  • Sit down on a chair and stand up 10 times
  • 10 situps
  • Dribble a ball across the room with your nose

You can change the amounts depending on your ability and please be aware of your environment to stay safe.



Creating a maths games that uses scoring


Can you create a game that has a scoring system?  It could be outside using chalk (like the one in the photo) or on paper using coins to be slid on numbered circles.


Younger players - Decide how many turns you will get.  Keep the numbers within your ability to count and write.  Play the game and add up your score.  


Older players - Agree the rules as above, but you could try the following extensions - Keep track of your score over 10 turns.  How much did you score in total?  What was your highest score?  Have another 10 turns.  Is your score higher or lower?  By how much?  Can you graph your scores?  Will you add a multiplier, where you roll a die and times your score by the number on the die?


Good luck and remember it is only a game.  Be a good sport and be happy for any fellow players.



Quick count


Estimating is the posh term for a sensible guess.  In real life, estimation is part of our everyday experience and an important skill.  It helps you know if your answer is reasonable.  You can estimate that the answer for 2,345+1,234= is going to be about 3,000 something and not 100,000.  Without estimation skills, you aren't able to determine if your answer is within a reasonable range.


This game develops your estimation skill in counting.  The idea is you will not see the objects for long enough to count them all.  Instead, you have to estimate.  


You will need -

  •  a number of small objects (e.g. Lego, pegs, frozen peas, etc)
  • a container to hold them in (that you can't see in)
  • a plate/tray
  • a cloth. 

How to play

  • Ask a grown up for permission to use small items (be aware that some items can be a chocking hazard if you have very young children around)
  • Make sure the number of items you have match your players' ability (e.g. don't have 50 blocks if your younger brother only knows numbers up to 10)
  • Place all the small items into the container to start.
  • Tip some of the items onto the plate.  (You should not be able to see how many items are left in the container)
  • After 3 seconds cover them up and estimate how many there were. 
  • If you want to score - nearest guess wins a point. 
  • To make it harder add more items or allow players to see the items for less time.





This grid was copied off a website, but you can easily draw your own.  On a sheet of paper draw a large # to make a grid of 9 boxes. 

Fill each box with 6 appropriate numbers (e.g. up to 10 for Reception, but up to 100 for Year 2 onwards). 

Then on your daily walk see who can find their numbers first.

Decide on the rules before you set out - will you allow numbers within numbers, e.g. if you have the above grid but see the telephone number 204875211 will you allow 87 to be crossed off?  It's up to you.  Just make sure you look where you're going whilst number hunting.



BBC Teach - Counting with Rodd

A fun series, featuring presenter Rodd, who uses rhymes and songs to help children with counting numbers, addition and subtraction.


These clips are taken from the original BBC series, Counting with Rodd 1.

Counting with Rodd 1 



Natwest - Money sense website

Are you looking for a way to engage your children with number in a real life context?  Do their eyes light up if you offer them extra pocket money?  Why not combine the two with this useful website from Natwest?,SH1V,5MHJCV,3F7VG,1 



Maths ideas using Lego 



You want them to learn maths, they want to play.  Could this website offer some solutions?  Take a look.


Activities for pupils from Nursery up to Year 6. 




Remember, small Lego bricks can be a choking hazard, so watch out for small children.

The school run - maths activities to try at home



Do you want some screen-free activities for your children whilst they are learning and using maths skills?  Try out this website.  



Oxford Owl Maths


From board games to baking, here are some of the best ways to get your child practising their maths skills without even realising.  These five fun maths activities are great for time away from screens whilst completing real-life maths challenges. 


BBC Teach - Kick Sum Maths


The best fun anyone can have learning maths!  A mixed media mash-up maths sketch show delivering KS2 maths. 


BBC Teach - Supermovers KS1 maths collection


Find easy-to-follow active learning videos covering topics including division, number bonds and the 2, 4, 5 and 10 times table.  There is also a KS2 version available (for Year 3 to Year 6). 


Maths activities for try at home


Maths puzzles, games, activities, challenges for all ages Nursery to Year 6.

In this blog, school leader and parent Emma Johnson, takes a look at a number of maths games for kids you can play at home. There are hundreds of fun maths games for kids you can play at home and here an Assistant Headteacher rounds up the best of these to keep children’s maths skills going while still enjoying yourselves. All these educational games are suitable for Key Stage 2 children and most of them can be adapted for Foundation Phase. 


Carol Vordeman's Maths Factor


For the lockdown period this website is free of charge, so why not take a look? 



Twinkl - Free KS2 maths pack for parents


During the lockdown Twinkl are offering parents free access to their website.  They have resources for every area of the curriculum and lots of topic packs too.

The free account includes:

  • Thousands of FREE teaching resources to download
  • Pick your own FREE resource every week with our newsletter
  • Suggest a Resource! You want it? We'll make it
  • 24/7 customer support (with real people!)

Many of these resources do require a printer, but even if you don't have a printer (or ink) you can find lots of ideas that you can re-create for yourself, so take a look. 







Family Maths Toolkit





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