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'Mental maths' home support

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skyzumarubble Thu 20-Apr-17 11:30:26

Can anyone recommend any good resources for help supporting this at home. Dts year 1, august birthday, got homework sheets yesterday called maths minutes. 15 sums to complete in 1 minute x 4. So 60 sums in 4 minutes!

There's no way they can do it - they have to work it out every time and don't know 'by heart' which is what they're obviously supposed to be able to do. They're getting distressed about it and don't want to be timed.

I've always bee pretty laid back about learning and think they'll get there in their own time but they want to be able to do this so any ideas appreciated!

I've looked on line but a lot seems to be American.

mrz Thu 20-Apr-17 11:47:12

What age group?

skyzumarubble Thu 20-Apr-17 12:04:19

Oops - year 1, age 5!

mrz Thu 20-Apr-17 12:25:33

In Y1 I'd want instant recall of doubles to double 9, pairs of numbers that add up to 10 before moving on. I'd start by focusing on doubles 1-5 then once those are secure double 6-9. If that's too much double 1 double 2 and double 3.

I use this in my Y1 class similar idea to singing times tables

irvineoneohone Thu 20-Apr-17 12:27:54

If you're after mental maths practice, I don't think it really matter the site is American or British. It doesn't involve the teaching process, just the quick recall.
There are many great American sites. My ds uses them regularly, without any problems.

PETRONELLAS Thu 20-Apr-17 12:32:28

I really like the multilink cubes for doubling/finding number pairs to ten. www.amazon.co.uk/Learning-Resources-Mathlink-Cubes-Set/dp/B000URL296?tag=mumsnetforum-21

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