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:
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.
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.
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’.