Tips plus sources of support and ideas for your children


Below you’ll find some tips compiled by IoE staff to help children stay engaged during COVID-19. 


  • Take your time to work out what works for you. Something that works well for one family or child, e.g. creating a timetable so that there is a clear structure for the day, might cause pressure and stress for another.
  • It’s also important to recognise anything that you have achieved together. Try not to worry about or compare with what other children seem to be doing or what they might have got done in a typical school day. Learning takes place in small, uneven steps over long periods of time and isn’t always immediately obvious!
  • Try to focus on what the child CAN do. If they see how the newly introduced material links with what they already know they will find it easier to learn, and what they learn will be more readily recalled.

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  • Cooking could be used to teach maths by writing a recipe/ measuring out ingredients. 
  • Board games such as snakes and ladders and monopoly are all good for developing mathematical thinking. 
  • Creating subject specific questions and placing them around the house as a maths trail could work well too  e.g. if a child has been learning multiplication facts, they can then develop a trail around the house with clues and questions. This not only consolidates their learning but also develops problem solving! 
  • You could also use Lego to develop volume, area and perimeter. 
  • Using art can also be a good way to think about mathematics as well- e.g using geometry to create shapes through pictures and identify those shapes.  This can be linked with nature- if there is access to a garden. 
  • Questions about time linked with simple fractions could work for young pupils. Older pupils could be asked to look at journey times online and work these out i.e ask them to work out how to get from Reading to Edinburgh in the least costly and most timely way. 
  • Time conversions – asking what time will it be in another country if it’s 10:00 here, same as money conversions can help with arithmetic. 
  • For learning how to multiply, see if they can suggest more than one way to think about multiplying e.g. five threes, or three fives, or 3+3+3+3+3 or a rectangle with a 3cm side and a 5cm side etc. 

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