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A PSRN workshop for mothers, fathers and carers.

We run workshops for families on Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy. The following is an outline of our workshop. This is also provided as an attachment, please download and adapt for use in your own setting. You can also download our PSRN booklet for mothers and fathers, created in Publisher and adapt it for your own setting.


Maths Workshop for mothers, fathers and Carers

1. Is maths only to do with numbers, counting and naming shapes, or is there a lot more to it?

(Pair discussion) We can return to this question at the end of the workshop, to see if we have changed our opinions!                                         

2. ACTIVITY: What did you do this week that was mathematical?  (Pair discussion)

Feedback from pairs to whole group

3. Children learn best when they are engaged in meaningful maths opportunities, that are also to do with real life and solving problems....... for example learning to measure out ingredients in order to cook, negotiating the physical space in the garden when cycling in order to avoid obstacles or turn a corner, dividing equally the fruit, one for each friend and one for me!

4. What do we do at nursery to promote mathematical development?

Images of children engaged in mathematical activities (Images shown and briefly described).

  •  Numbers as labels for counting,
  •  Space shape and measure
  •  Problem solving and calculation.

5. ACTIVITY: Maths Walk About to see children engaged in maths opportunities offered in the nursery, and to visit the varied maths resources. What can you spot in the nursery

6. What can parents do to promote their child's mathematical development in the home environment?

7. The power of role modelling.

  • Share the daily mathematical problems you encounter with your children; how many plates and cups for dinner, how much milk is in the fridge, how many more cartons do we need
  • Dictate shopping lists
  • Let the children put away the shopping into the right cupboards
  • Look at bus timetables and talk about how long journeys take to relative's house or to the sea side, or to France or Africa! 
  • DIY and gardening are other activities you can model and share and both are rich in mathematical opportunities for young children
  • Cooking together
  • Sorting the washing etc.......

Noticing a child's individual interests and picking up on these, and recognising good maths opportunities, are the best ways to build up confidence and interest in maths, which in turn builds competence.  Making it fun is a vital ingredient for success.

8. ACTIVITY: Discuss in pairs what you have enjoyed role modelling and sharing, with your child, in the past and  swap ideas of how you may model and share in the future.

9. The influence of the media

The Queen is now celebrating her 80th birthday (choose something about age from the media)....here is a great opportunity to talk about ages of different people, which children are interested in.   You may like to make a scrap book of family members and their ages, or draw a family tree together.

10. The power of mark making.

Let children draw, and then they may tell you what their marks represent...it may be 'that's daddy, he's the big one, then that's mummy, then that's me'.

11. ACTIVITY: Why is maths important?  (Pair discussion)

We live in an age where we need to read and write, and to calculate, understand numbers, and solve problems in our daily lives, both at home, at work and out and about, e.g. at the supermarket.

The Specific language of maths

Leaflet of useful maths books for children

Selection of Library books

Maths songs and rhymes

12  Revisit opening question

          Is maths only to do with numbers, counting and naming shapes? 

Opportunity for parents to ask any questions or share their responses to this session.

Give out homemade maths songbook and Early Education 'Maths is Everywhere'  leaflet

Examples of resources for display/use in workshop

Light box

Brio train set

Meccano set


Pairs of socks and gloves

Board games

Sand timers


Routine of day/week/

Seasons/Edgecombe Explorers visit books/new building time line

Talking bags


Jelly babies

Marble game

Shells and pattern making trays 


Aspects of maths






Pattern making




Irregular shapes.......