How does it work?

Families Learning Together is a flexible resource that can be shaped to the needs of your child. It covers year 1 to year 6 and has an average of 16 units per year group, plus 3 maths problem solving activities.

If you access Families Learning Together through your child’s school, your child’s teacher will guide you to the units for you to do together.

If you purchase Families Learning Together for your own use at home with your child, there are guidance sheets and other documents to help you along the way. Each unit is designed to last for 1-2 weeks of short discussions and repeated activity (see list of all units).

To help your child the most, talk through the maths skills and challenges regularly – we don’t ‘learn’ maths by completing an activity just once or twice!

In each unit you will find:

  • A Parent Guidance document: this will guide you through the key areas of learning for that unit, and how best to help your child. This document is the first point of reference when starting a unit.
  • A 'what we are learning' video: these are introduction videos for you to watch with or without your child. It summarises the learning target for that unit.
  • Activities for you and your child to do together: these are usually video demonstrations/explanations of the activity, either done by the online tutors or with a group of children. Some activities have printable sheets.
  • An extension activity: to deepen your child’s understanding of the unit.

You can join Families Learning together at any time of the year as there is no strict order in which units have to be used. We would recommend starting the age appropriate units first and using our Strand Guide to determine your child's level.

What do we do if my child finds the maths too difficult or too easy?

The activities in Families Learning Together match the skills expected from each age group in the National Curriculum. However, different children progress in maths at very different rates, and even by 11 years old the range can be +/- 18 months.

If your child finds it difficult to understand the concepts in a unit, explore it carefully and watch the video explanations together. If they still find it difficult, use a corresponding unit from a previous age group. The Strand Guide will help you identify this.

If your child is coping successfully with a unit make sure they can explain their thinking and method fully. If they are confident, try a corresponding unit from the next year group.

What happens if we run out of questions to do?

Families Learning Together provides a reasonable number of example questions to work together. The key purpose is to talk through them together, exploring your child’s thinking as they calculate answers.This is the golden opportunity you have that is more difficult to provide in a class setting.

If you complete the examples successfully but still want more then the best solution is for your child to create more examples for themselves. This gives them the opportunity for initiative and ownership of their own learning.

Endless repetition is not needed – the result we are seeking is depth of learning, not pages of ‘correct sums’.

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