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How To Build Maths Confidence

Being confident in maths starts with feeling comfortable and at ease with maths.

  • Being ready to explore mathematical ideas, and make mistakes.
  • Taking time to try different ways out.
  • Discovering how all the ideas fit together.

We encourage this with our creative, hands-on approach – providing crafty, playful maths activities and ideas to inspire curiosity and exploration.

Confidence Loop

Fun Maths at Home

Creative maths as a family

Creating positive memories of doing maths together as a family is an important step in building a confident, can-do attitude towards maths.

There is no right or wrong way, so don’t be afraid to get stuck in and enjoy experimenting.

Discover how to have fun with maths at home

The Toast Model

Growing your maths brain

We often get asked what to do when you get stuck with some maths. Actually, most mathematicians are stuck most of the time – it’s how you feel about being stuck that can make all the difference.

As long as you’re not feeling panicked about it, being stuck is good for your brain. One way to think about that is the Toast Model.

The Toast Model is inspired by Sue Johnston-Wilder’s Growth Zone Model which is a framework for understanding different learning experiences and the feelings associated with each. 

Explore the Toast Model 

Useful articles on maths learning

5 Golden Rules for Enjoying Maths at Home

There are simple ways to create positive experiences of maths at home.
Read our 5 golden rules for enjoying maths at home 

Teacher Tips: helping your child learn at home

Niki Lavithis, one of our Community & Schools Outreach Coordinators, is also a primary school teacher. She shares her personal advice on helping your child learn at home.
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Supporting your child’s mathematics during lockdown (and beyond)

Alison Clark-Wilson, Maths on Toast trustee and Principal Research Fellow, UCL Institute of Education, University College London shares her advice to parents and carers who have found themselves teaching maths to their children at home.
Read Alison’s blog