Useful Maths Websites and Apps
Children make progress best as mathematicians when they regularly repeat skills and practise them until they become embedded. This can be quite a long process sometimes, and so the use of the context of an exciting game or interesting activity can be highly motivating. In our experience, our children learn best when they are having fun and that's what games are for!
Have a look at some of the links below which are online maths games and apps.
Times Table Rockstars
Learning times tables and their corresponding division facts is so important if you want to be able to master maths. By the end of year 4, children are expected to know the multiplication and division facts to 12 x 12. This is essential if they are to easily access the year 5 and 6 maths curriculum.
At Fairview, all children in years 2 - 6 have a Times Table Rockstars account. The children can log in, create their own maths rockstar and play games as their character. By competing against each other in various competitions, they earn coins which can be spent in the online shop to make fun adaptations to their character's avatar.
Please encourage your child to use their Times Table Rockstar account at least twice a week to keep up their times table knowledge.
Manipulatives in Maths
We love to use concrete materials (manipulatives to support our understanding in maths) - regardless of what year group the child is in.
Manipulatives can be used to prove understanding as well as support a development of mathematical understanding.
For example, have a look at the work below; the children used counters to prove their understanding of multiples:
Magical Maths Club
During term 2 an exciting maths club took place at Fairview. The club was called Magical Maths.
Each week was a single, one hour session and covered a variety of educational topics in a fun and exciting way. The clubs feature a team of teaching superstars including a maths detective, a maths genius, the mathletes, and a mathemagician. Each week there were three different activities that the children took part in. These activities are based around mega fun games, puzzles and tricks but always have real maths at the heart of them.
A range of children from KS1 and KS2 really enjoyed attending the clubs and a big thanks to Wayne and the team for organising such a great club which proved that maths is certainly fun!