2020 is the year all parents are suddenly expected to become home educators. We’ve all rushed online to search for maths resources, only to find there’s a dizzying array of options.
How do we even begin to sift through them?
As parents and educators ourselves, we’ve found it helpful to develop a rubric to evaluate all the different options against. Broadly speaking, online maths resources should offer your child four benefits:
An individualised approach, tailored to your child’s specific needs.
Engaging content that will get your child excited about maths
Reinforcement: practice that embeds essential knowledge and skills
Enrichment activities that will stretch your child’s thinking and explore concepts in more depth
There’s no single resource that does all of these things perfectly, of course. We’ve gathered ten recommendations so that you don’t need to spend hours trawling the internet for resources. You should explore the suggestions below and find a combination that works for your child.
Maths-Whizz is the world’s leading virtual tutor. It behaves much like a human tutor. The tutor diagnoses your child’s strengths and weaknesses across several maths topics and then automatically prepares a learning plan to address their specific needs. Maths-Whizz provides the foundation for your child’s development in maths. Their knowledge and confidence will grow as they work through hundreds of rich, interactive lessons. The tutor provides feedback on an ongoing basis, allowing you to monitor your child’s progress at all times.
Wild Maths is aimed at 7 to 16 year olds who wish to explore maths beyond the classroom. It provides rich and open-ended resources, designed to encourage exploration, and to hone your child’s creative thinking.
TT Rockstars offers a fun sequenced programme of daily times tables practice that can be completed in paper form or online. As the name suggests, there is a musical theme to the app as students assume rockstar avatars.
Maths Frame offers Interactive maths resources exploring number and pattern. The games are all designed around the curriculum. They are simple to understand and can be differentiated to suit your child’s needs.
You have probably seen this amazing collection of resources already. The Bitesize collection covers years 1 to 10 and maths content is organised daily based on specific learning objectives. Several Maths-Whizz activities are featured among them.
White Rose Home Learning Is a prepared series of five online lessons each week to help your child with their studies at home. Every lesson comes with a short video showing you clearly and simply how to help your child to complete the activity.
These curriculum skills-based activities will help keep your child’s core skills simmering. The exercises tend to be short and focused, ideal for your child to practice essential skills at their own pace through fun and interactive questions.
This huge library of mathematical tasks will stretch your child’s problem solving and reasoning skills. ‘Live’ problems afford opportunities for your child to share their solutions that are then published on their site.
Transum provides self-marking maths activities, puzzles, problems and investigations to challenge and stretch your child. The resources are organised by topic so you can quickly find what you are looking for.
We hope these suggestions make you feel a little easier, even excited, about choosing your online maths resources to support home learning. Remember, many websites do offer a trial period and at Maths-Whizz we do the same – sign up for our 7-day trial. You have nothing to lose and lots to gain!
Whatever online resources you go with, the goal is the same: children who are developing into confident problem solvers and have a love of mathematics.