Northside Primary School


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Support for parents:


The White Rose Maths Hub that you may be familiar with from home learning have produced some fantastic, short and very clear videos explaining about how place value, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions and algebra are now taught in school. The videos also have free, downloadable easy to follow, step by step guides with copies of resources that we use in school. Please check them out!


This free online glossary from Oxford Owl may help to clearly explain any Mathematical language that you may come across:

Th National Numeracy website is full of information for parents with free, downloadable tasks (from Reception to Year 6) for you to try at home with your child.

How can I support my child at home with Maths without having the same equipment that they use in school?

Research shows that children learn more when they can visualise numbers and use physical resources to help their understanding. In Northside, physical resources are openly available to all age groups of children to use in their Maths lessons. The Maths resources we have in school can be recreated by using these simple, household objects.  

Here are 5 everyday household objects that can be turned into Maths resources!

  1. Lego!

If you have Lego/Duplo/Megablocks at home, these can be used instead of counting cubes. Lego is also fantastic for helping children to visualise fractions and even helps you with adding and subtracting fractions.


2. Spaghetti and pasta!

In school, we use Dienes which are small plastic pieces which represent numbers. Dienes can be used to represent thousands, hundreds, tens and ones. Food always attracts children’s attention! Why not try using lasagne sheets to represent 100s, spaghetti to represent tens and pasta shells to represent ones.


3. Homemade beadstrings



Beadstrings are great for helping you to count in 2s, 5s, 10s and in fact, any group size, representing 2 digit numbers, adding and subtracting. Beadstrings work well when you use 2 different colours of beads. For every 10 beads, change to the other colour. If you don’t have beads at home, you could try painting different colours of dried pasta tubes instead.

You can thread them onto elastic or a shoelace. For Nursery and Reception children, try a beadstring of 20 and for a beadstring for Year 1 upwards, try 100 beads.

See the website below for lots of ideas on how to use your beadstrings:

4. Place value counters


In school, we use small counters to represent numbers. Bottle tops of different colours (written on with a permanent pen) can be used to represent ones, tens, hundreds, thousands and even tens of thousands.

55. Homemade Tens frames


Tens frames are simple grids that allow children to visualise numbers quickly when counters are laid out in an organised way. They are great for allowing children to add and subtract, make teen numbers and recall number bonds to 10 or 20.

Tens frames can be made with cardboard strips, lollipop sticks or even egg boxes with bottle tops, circles of cardboard or buttons as counters.

Free interactive resources:

If your child prefers to use online interactive Maths resources, a great FREE website is

Mathsbot contains interactive coins, Dienes, hundred squares and number frames (that resemble Numicon) and many more.

Free printable resources:

If you have access to a printer at home, you might like to print out a copy of the Numicon shapes for your child to use.

We have also been working hard in the last few months to develop ready-made rucksacks filled with Maths resources that are available for parents to buy. 


In December, we launched our Northside Maths Toolkits which are colourful rucksacks filled with Maths games and equipment along with instruction booklets to help your child with their Maths home learning. If your child loves Maths and being challenged, finds Maths a bit tricky or just prefers to use practical equipment, then these rucksack are for you!

This is an example of an EYFS Toolkit (suitable for Nursery or Reception children) 

This is an example of the Year 3 and 4 toolkit

We now have Maths toolkits available for the following Year groups:

EYFS (suitable for Nursery and Reception children)

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3 and 4

Year 5 and 6

All of the rucksacks vary from year to year to reflect that year group's Maths curriculum.

The Year 3 and 4 Maths rucksack above will include: Dienes (plastic shapes which represent tens and ones and help with understanding place value and calculating), a set of digit cards, a set of comparison symbols, a moveable clock and clock display teaching poster, 20 cubes, a set of playing cards, a wipeable hundred square, a wipeable number line, 2 dice, a whiteboard pen, 2 place value charts and 30 counters.

Inside every toolkit, you will receive simple and easy to follow instructions with photos for at least 10 different practical activities/games that you can play at home with your child to improve their Maths understanding and allow them to have lots of fun at the same time! The resources can also be used to support your child’s online Maths lessons.


Please email or pay on School Money to reserve your toolkit




M.E. week (Maths and English week)

From the 2nd-6th March, we celebrated ME (Maths and English) week. This year’s theme was money and enterprise! Children took part in money workshops run by Natwest Bank where they understood everything from the value of coins, how to fundraise effectively, to the importance of protecting themselves against identity fraud! They then had the chance to take part in enterprising activities including making smoothies, running their own party and organising their own afternoon tea to fundraise for the school.

Thursday 5th March 2020: The offical re-launch of Times Table Rockstars for Northside. Please practise your times tables regularly and see your child's class teacher or Miss Bennett if you need a reminder of your child's log in.

How have we been developing Maths learning in Northside?


In the last couple of years, we have been working hard to develop the opportunities for outside learning in the Early Years playground. We have added different enticing and exciting Maths resources including a number trail for children to recognise numbers represented in different ways. We have also purchased a sensory shape tent where Nursery, Reception and Year 1 children are able to explore 2D and 3D shapes and their properties.


We have also held Maths parent workshops for the parents and carers of year 4 children. We showed parents what the new year 4 statutory times table test comprises of (please note-there will not be a statutory times table test this year- 2021 for Year 4) and have shared games and websites that children can use at home. We have also organised daily table lessons in Year 4 to practise this vital skill through playing games, studying patterns and using physical resources to recreate the times table. (You can find this workshop uploaded below.)

At our parent consultation meetings, your class teacher will have shared your child’s current Maths target with you. Maths teaching changes over time following research on how children learn best. In Northside, we use lots of practical equipment (manipulatives such as Numicon, cubes, beadstrings and Dienes to help the children to understand) alongside jottings and more formal methods. We have also produced short leaflets which will show you all of the current methods and techniques that we use in school to teach addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. There are also handy tips on the back of the leaflet explaining what you can do to help your child at home using household objects such as clocks, door numbers and pairs of socks! You can find an electronic copy of the leaflet on your child’s class page or alternatively, if you would like a paper copy, please speak to your child’s class teacher and we can arrange this for you.


Due to the pandemic, we are not currently able to hold our usual Maths workshops explaining how best to support your child at home and to find out how we teach the Northside Maths curriculum. Please find these workshops uploaded below:  



Miss Bennett

Maths Leader

Mathematics Curriculum Map

Dear Parents and Carers,


At Northside Primary School, we are committed to helping every child develop a positive attitude to numbers. As such, I would like to share some free resources that you may like to use at home to help your child build their confidence and reinforce the maths skills they are learning at school.


Oxford OWL for Home is a website developed by Oxford University Press to provide expert advice and free resources for parents to help their children with reading and maths. You will need to set up a free account to access the site.


This page gives a good overview of how maths is taught at school, and will help you to make sense of the different terminology your child will learn in maths lessons:


This section of Oxford OWL contains lots of games, activities and advice for practising maths skills in everyday activities at home:


The Oxford OWL team have also put together a YouTube channel full of useful videos.


Here is a playlist of ‘how to’ maths videos that you and your child might find helpful to watch together:


If your child is learning the basics of working with numbers, these videos demonstrate what you can do to help them practise these skills at home:


Perhaps you would like to support your child on their maths journey by refreshing your own maths skills? The National Numeracy website contains great practical tools and tips for adults who want to improve their numeracy skills.


 We hope you find these resources useful in encouraging your child to grow their maths confidence at home! Please contact your child’s teacher if you would like to know more about what your child is learning in their maths lessons.


With best wishes,

Miss Bennett

Maths Leader

Northside Primary School