What time did he send it? What date did he send it?
What your child is learning in school
Here is some of the maths your child will learn in first class in primary school.
Begin to understand addition tables up to 20,
for example 2+1=3, 2+2=4, 2+3=5…
Read and write numbers 0-100 and put them in order.
Add and subtract numbers with a total less than 100, for example 16+5, 70+10 and 18-5.
Count forwards and backwards in twos, fives and tens, for example 2, 4, 6…; 60, 50, 40…
Recognise patterns in numbers including odd and even numbers. Think of pairs of gloves for even numbers 2, 4, 6… The odd numbers are where you have an extra glove! 3, 5, 7…
Sort and name shapes such as a square, rectangle, triangle, circle, semi-circle (2-D or flat shapes), cube, cuboid, cylinder and sphere (3-D or shapes that are not flat).
Read time in hours and half-hours, for example recognise times like three o’clock and half -past four on a clock.
How your child learns at home
Learn about addition tables.
Find out which tables your child already knows, for example 3+1, 3+2, 3+3. If they know 3+3=6 then they should be able to work out what 3+2 is (one less)or what 3+4 is (one more). Learn those which add to make 10, for example 1+9, 2+8, 3+7.
Add and subtract. Help your child to see how adding and subtracting are linked. Use small number at first, for example 3+4=7, 7-3=4; 4+3=7, 7-4=3.
Read time in hours and half-hours. Draw your child’s attention to times.
We have swimming at 5.30. What time will we need to leave the house at? Look in the TV Guide, what time does your favourite programme start?
Have fun with numbers.
You and your child have fun with numbers on car registration plates. When walking through a car park, ask your child:
What numbers can you see on the cars plates? Can you find a plate where two of the numbers add up to 10, 12… Add all th numbers on the plate. Which of us can get the bigger number?
Here’s a fun skittles game. Put some small stones or rice in the bottoms of plastic
bottles to make a set of 5 skittles. Put a number on each, for example 10, 25, 5, 15, 0. Roll a ball and keep a score as you knock the skittles down. Ask your child to work up the final scores.