Parent and Child Workshop

The children joined their parents for some addition and subtraction games, where they could demonstrate to their parents some of the strategies they use in school.

There were some very competitive parents and children in the hall.

KS2 Addition and Subtraction Calculation Workshop

Mrs. McBrien ran a KS2 Addition and Subtraction workshop for parents and carers who wanted to learn more about the calculation strategies which are taught in KS2.

We went through the progression in strategies for addition and subtraction, showing how their children work towards carrying out and understanding the formal methods for both these operations.

Parents had a go themselves and had the opportunity to ask questions. Once they had a go at using the different strategies, they were joined by their child for some ‘competitive’ addition and subtraction games.

It was a very successful morning and a big thank you must go to the parents who joined in all the activities with real enthusiasm.

Look out for further maths workshops in the near future.

If you were unable to make the workshop, a copy of the PowerPoint is below and a copy of the Calculation Policy is on the website.


Download: Calculation Workshop (PDF)

Maths Trail Fun at Phoenix Primary

Twelve of our Maths Magicians from Year 3, 4, 5, and 6 travelled to Phoenix Primary School to undertake their school maths trail.

We worked alongside their Maths Ambassadors to solve some challenging problems based on maths in their school grounds. We had a fun morning and we loved looking at all the maths that is around us in our surrounding environment.

Here are just a few of the comments from the children when we returned to St. Oswald’s.

‘I loved using the measuring equipment to work out the perimeter of the stage’ Lydia (Year 6)

‘It was good to see how children from other schools solved the problems’ Gabriel (Year 6)

‘It was the best ever!’ Alex (Year 4)

‘It was very enjoyable and the problems were challenging, particularly working out the circumference of the circles on the playground’ Jake (Year 6)

‘Everyone was very friendly. I loved the challenging problems’ Konrad (Year 4)

‘It was fun to work with children from another school. We worked really well together’ Maria (Year 3)

‘I hope we can have other opportunities to work with children from other schools. It was fun’ Sandra (Year 4)

Maths Games Club

Our lunchtime maths board game club is held every Tuesday, 12:25pm – 12:55pm.

Classes attend on a rota basis and it is run by our Maths Magicians. They organise who is attending and provide support with not only the rules of the games but also any maths support, which is required to play.

So far it has been extremely popular and we hope to deliver it during more lunch times in the future.

If anyone has any old board games, which are no longer played with and would be willing to donate to our maths board game club, please see Mrs. McBrien, our Numeracy Champion. Just ensure all playing pieces are included before donating. Thank you!

Maths Magicians

Useful Maths Websites for Parents and Carers

Has a selection of videos explaining maths concepts

Nrich. A range of maths games, problems and articles on all areas of maths. Parents of Key Stage 1 children should select ‘stage 1’ and parents of Key Stage 2 children should select ‘stage 2’

Maths 4 Mums and Dads explains some of the milestones children make between the ages of 3-and-11-years-old.

Oxford Owl includes a range of activities, top tips and eBooks to help your child with their maths at home

A great online maths dictionary, which contains hundreds of definitions, as well as animations and activities to help bring maths words to life.


Useful maths websites for children

Another collection of games and activities across the full range of curriculum content, mostly appropriate to our KS2 pupils

Fun games for children of all ages

More free games to play on a variety of maths topics. If you browse this site, you will also find that it lists all the objectives for the new curriculum and suggests games that will help children achieve that objective.


See information about the St. Oswald’s Times Table Challenge, to find websites for support with times tables.

LCQM: Our School Maths Trail

A big thank you to the Maths Ambassadors from Phoenix Primary School, who had a go at exploring the maths around our school playground with our own Maths Magicians. Children from year 1 to year 6, tackled our very own maths trail, braving the cold weather to try and solve real life problems. They worked really well together to look at problems involving number, shape, data and measurement with real life links.

There was the opportunity to enjoy a nice drink of orange and some biscuits afterwards, where they had a chance to discuss some of the problems and make new friends. They discovered they had a lot in common………….a love of maths.


Here are a few of the questions they tackled on the trail:

  • Measure the length and width of the football pen in strides. If a stride is roughly 0.5 m, what is the area of the football pen?
  • Estimate how many playground benches would be needed to sit everyone in your year group. Explain how you worked it out.
  • What fraction of the climbing wall steps are blue? What fraction of steps are green?
  • What shape is the roof of the sun roof?
  • How many wheels are there in the staff car park? Which times table helps you work this out?


We are hoping to visit Phoenix Primary in the Spring Term to have a go at their Maths Trail…..we can’t wait!

Phoenix Primary

Liverpool Counts Quality Mark: Useful Links for Adults

The Family Maths Toolkit is full of ideas to help parents, families and children aged 13 and under enjoy everyday maths activities together.

Top tips for parents and families

Be positive about maths. Don’t say things like “I can’t do maths” or “I hated maths at school”; your child might start to think like that themselves.

Point out the maths in everyday life. Include your child in activities involving maths such as using money, cooking and travelling.

Praise your child for effort rather than talent – this shows them that by working hard they can always improve.

The National Numeracy Challenge helps adults learn the maths needed for everyday life.
Have a go and develop your own numeracy skills.