The City Park - Support your child with area and shapes

Support your child using relaxed and engaging methods of learning
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232 students
36min of on-demand video
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To support their children in learning in a way that is fun and engaging
To help their child become more familiar with common shapes
To build up mathematical terminology associated with shapes
To enjoy spending quality time with their children whilst educating them at the same time


  • No requirements are needed (though a printer to print out the resources would be useful)


The goal behind this course is to introduce you to ways them demonstrate that learning can be fun and engaging. The more we succeed at the this, the more likely it is that our children will want to participate. The more they participate the more practice they will get and the better they become.

It becomes a positive spiral of success.

In this course we will look at a variety of shapes including trapeziums, triangles, squares, even more complex shapes such as pentagons. We will also look at how we work out the area of some of these different shapes.

We will also look at some different terminology such as tessellation. By introducing your child to terms such as these from an early age it will become a part of their natural vocabulary which will support them as they progress through the educational systems and syllabus.

We use a fishing game, a lily pads game, we will cut and colour. Templates for all the tasks are included with the second lesson.

I hope you enjoy the course and gain some ideas from it that you can either use directly, tweak or completely amend.

Either way, thank you for taking the time for to watch and engage in it.

Who this course is for:

  • It is aimed at those working with/ parents of primary aged children (younger children could also join in)


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Dawn Strachan
  • 4.3 Instructor Rating
  • 22 Reviews
  • 2,249 Students
  • 10 Courses

When my oldest daughter was young, she came across as being very clever and astute when you spoke to her, but when you saw her written work, you would think it had been produced by a completely different child. She could spell the same word 2 or 3 different ways on the same page and not notice a difference between any of them.

I asked her school if they agreed that she might be dyslexic. They instantly dismissed dyslexia as an excuse for laziness.

I didn’t have the confidence to push my point further so I decided to do everything I could to help her myself.

Over the coming years I learned everything I could about different learning styles and learning difficulties. I completed a degree in childcare and education and worked in numerous educational settings. Often with children that had profound learning difficulties.

In 2012 I started a tutoring business. Everything I had learned up to this point influenced how I presented it. Everything I had learned told me that for learning to be effective it had to be inspiring, motivating, interactive. The child needed to be relaxed, feel confident and enjoy the experience. So those were the foundations I used. Those were the principles that made us so different from so many other tutors. These experiences and influences were what have led us to be nominated for several national business awards and help numerous children in the UK and beyond, develop both confidence and knowledge in both math and English.

In addition, I am now helping families by providing short courses with explanations and suggested resources. These are the resources that we use as tutors and have proven so popular and successful.

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