After the popularity of our post all about our favourite Phonics Resources we decided to write a similar one all about our favourite Maths Resources for supporting learning at home. We’ve searched high and low for the best games, online programmes and other resources to help you help them with Maths.
Here they are:
Online Programmes – Online programmes can be particularly useful for supporting learning at home as children can often complete them reasonably independently. Here’s our current favourite maths online programmes:
- The Maths Factor – Those who read The SEN Resources Blog regularly will remember us raving about Maths Factor, by Carol Vorderman (Read more about it here) The Maths Factor, which is an online maths learning platform designed for children aged 4-12 years old, by Carol Vorderman. And I’d highly recommend it, as it cleverly combines short video tutorials with maths games and practise activities. It’s ideal for either homeschooling or for an extra boost for your children after school, to support their learning in school. It could also be used effectively as an intervention method for maths in schools.
- Mathseeds – You may remember in our Phonics blog post we recommended Reading Eggs – which is an absolutely brilliant resource created by a group of primary school teachers. The same people have also created an equally as fantastic, maths online resource called Mathseeds which is a brilliant, fun and interactive way to support maths learning.
- Number Stacks – using it’s clever combination of online video tutorials and physical pack of resources Number Stacks ensures that all parents, regardless of teaching or maths experience, can successfully support their child’s primary school maths learning at home. Read our full review here.
Games – There are some absolutely fantastic games to help reinforce maths skills through play and what makes games particularly great is children quite often don’t even realise they are ‘doing maths!’. Here are our current favourites, although I’m aware there’s probably some gems that I haven’t found yet- so feel free to get in touch if you have some recommended maths games you think we should add!
- Sum Swamp – This one was recommended to me by a good friend and we LOVE it. It helps children practise their addition, subtraction, counting and recognising odds and evens. Its quick, fun and enjoyable for the whole family.
- Mammoth Maths– This game, by Orchard Toys, is really fun! Transport your little ones back to the Stone Age, complete with Cave Men and Wooly Mammoths to complete various sums to win the game!
- Little Professor Calculator– Unlike any other calculator I’ve come across, this one gives your kids sums on the screen to answer! Its great for children who enjoy practising their maths independently. It also has lots of different levels.
Other Maths Resources
- Flashies Number Bonds and Flashies Time Tables – We came across these by chance last week and I’ve been so excited to help spread the word about them! They are flash cards but with one huge difference, each one has a clever and memorable rhyme to help children learn their time tables (Flashies Time Tables) and number bonds (Flashies Number Bonds). The rhymes are funny and have really kid-friendly illustrations. If your kids are struggling to remember times tables or their number bonds, this could be a different strategy to try to help make them stick.
- Number Blocks – If you’re looking for a TV programme to help children with their primary maths skills, Number Blocks is wonderful. Not only do kids really enjoy watching it but they are learning maths at the same time! You can find it BBC iPlayer or buy them as a DVD here but there’s also some really nice resources to go with the programmes including these:
Coding – Like many, when I hear the word ‘Coding’ I panic that I’m going to have to get to grips with some complicated software or difficult ‘robot’. And the fear with complicated technology when teaching children is often double as you’ve got to understand it very quickly in order to be able to then show eager children what to do! Luckily there’s some fantastic resources to help children understand and have fun with coding. Here’s our favourite:
- Artie– if you teaching children to code at school. Or you’re keen for your own children to be introduced to coding. We’ve discovered the coolest, drawing robot- Artie 3000 who makes children want to code. Read our full review here
Find lots of these resources on Amazon here.