Learning at home with Big Maths
As we all try to adjust to the new government advice and constraints on our ‘normal’ lives, more and more parents are trying to help their children to learn at home. Though we have thousands of resources and a wealth of detailed notes for every step of learning in the primary maths curriculum, everything has been designed for teachers. We are currently working as hard as possible to convert these resources to help parents to support children at home.
We have asked schools and teachers to send help and advice home with each child and recommend that this advice is followed. However, we do understand how difficult the current situation is for everyone and are working as hard as possible to help. In the next few days, we hope to be able to share packs of advice linked to the CLIC challenges, which will help you to understand how the challenges identify the skills that children need help with. These packs will also provide sample resources linked to each question, which can help you to advise children and practise the number skills required.
Begin with just 20 minutes a day!
Big Maths is all about making maths fun and simple for children, so that they build their confidence. Too often (as is happening to parents around the world right now) unfair expectations lead to us feeling pressure and fearing failure. Everyone is learning to cope with the new reality each day. We can’t change the current situation, but we can make it worse for children and ourselves by trying to emulate school at home.
You’re not alone!
Teachers spend years learning and perfecting their craft, it is an amazing profession and they are special people. No one expects parents to step in as substitutes for 6 hours a day. So if you’re reading this, fun comes first, then learning follows. For maths, if children spend 20 minutes working on Basic Skills each day, they will be fine when they return to school! Anything more than this is a bonus. In the first days of this new reality, treasure your children, protect them from the panic, fear and negativity; create special memories and joy.
The main priority within primary school maths provision is basic number knowledge. Our CLIC framework has the small vertical steps of progression needed to guide you and share progress with your children. Simple, numbered steps aid smooth communication and help to track learning. It may take some time to determine how well children and families adapt to learning at home in this new way, so we feel it is important to prioritise a 20 minute maths session each day and look to build from there. For younger children, we will share resources that provide the perfect simple structure for learning.
Click here to read more about our Beat That! challenges and assessment with Big Maths.