Ideas to help your child's Maths in Year 3
You could take your child on a ‘shape walk’ around an area such as ‘Torquay Seafront’ to see what shapes they can spot. Look at the buildings to spot right angles and symmetrical shapes. Can they identify any irregular shapes by counting the numbers of sides?
Receiving (and spending!) pocket money can make children very keen learners in this area! Put them in charge of a small part of the shopping list at the supermarket and give them a budget they must not go over. This will encourage them to:
Recognise all coins and notes
Total and write amounts up to £10 using £ and p
Work out change that should be given
Make sure that there are both traditional and digital clocks around the house for your child to practise reading the time to 5 minute intervals. Ask them to be ‘human alarm clocks’ and to let you know when the oven needs turning off at 20 past 6. Encourage your child to solve problems involving time e.g. this programme starts at 12.20 and it is 50 minutes long. What time will it finish?
Cooking is a great way for your child to practise weighing and measuring in grams and kilograms. It’s a terrific way to learn to accurately read scales and measure out capacities in litres and centilitres.
Helping your child to learn multiplication facts and regularly going over them will benefit them enormously. They should learn to recite them in order as well as give ‘quickfire’ answers when they are jumbled up (e.g. “What are seven four’s?”, “How many six’s make 42?”). This can be done on car journeys or whenever there is a spare 5 minutes. By the end of Year 3, it is hoped that your child will know their 2, 5, 10, 3, 4 and 6 times tables.