Domino Maths for Parents – Day 8

Key number-skill problems from our Hands-on with Dominoes series.

For the Early Years, we have chosen a problem that involves more than/less than.Becoming fluent with knowing the number that is 1 or 2 more than (or less than) a given number is one of the cornerstones of numeracy. It is all part of developing fluency with numbers that in turn leads to that sense of confidence that “I can do maths” … and that is a central goal in enabling a child to be numerate.

For the Middle Years, we have chosen two investigations where more than one solution can be found to a given problem. This is where flexibility is important, and we do need to provide opportunities for students to become flexible mathematical thinkers. There is also a sting in the tail that will keep your child challenged for quite some time … so flexibility and perseverance are both part of today’s activities.

Click here to download the pages for the More than/Less than activities. You’ll find that the teacher (read parent) notes are included for you to use as well. There is no absolute need to print the pages, but you can if you want to.

Click here to download Domino Square activities. Again, there is no absolute need to print the pages for these domino challenge and accompanying notes, however they do help children to organise their thinking.

We do recommend that you join in the fun with these challenges, they could be quite entertaining for the whole family.

Best wishes