31 May 2019

The Top 10 Free Maths Homework Help Sites and Apps For Primary School Children And Their Parents! (UK)

  • By Connor Whelan  | 
  • 31 May 2019  | 
  • 9 min read
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Finding the best free maths homework help sites online for your child can be tricky as a parent. Here we review the 10 top UK maths homework websites and apps that are free, packed full of homework help for primary school children – and may even teach parents a thing or two along the way! 

We’ve all been there.

It’s 7pm on a Sunday night and you are struggling to persuade the kids to get their maths homework done, take a bath and get their uniform ready for the morning.

Regrettably we can’t help with the last two battles on that particular list, but if it’s anything to do with primary school maths or maths homework you need help with, rest assured we’ve got you covered. Every week thousands of 7 to 11 year olds are improving their maths skills, furthering their knowledge, and learning to love the subject with their personal tutor on our maths programme. We live and breathe the subject, talking to parents and teachers about nothing other than maths every day!

So it’s not surprising that parents often ask us for recommendations for cheap or ideally free maths homework help online.

This blog post is the list we now give out when asked!

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How we compiled our list of maths websites and apps

To compile it we specifically looked at all the online maths programmes, websites and free maths apps that are focused on the national curriculum. This is because we believe it’s a lot easier for UK parents and kids to find their way around sites that refer to Year 3 or KS2 then Fourth Grade or other public examinations.

We also asked parents for their recommendations and of course used our network of expert teachers to give us any additional secret teacher tips on the top free maths websites and apps that they recommend to parents to help with homework. (Number 8 is most definitely a big hit with teachers! As is our bonus entry in at number 11.)

Most of these homework sites are free or so cheap as to be almost free, and we guarantee that the methods used here will be up to date with national curriculum, in line with most schools’ moves towards a maths mastery approach to teaching, and a great way to make sure you’re able to provide your 7 year old or your 11 year old with the specific help their maths homework might require. 

Here is our list of the top ten free maths homework websites and apps suitable for children and parents in the UK (ie the sites support the national curriculum):

  1. Matr – (a personalised maths programme for kids)
  2. BBC Bitesize – KS2 Maths (everything)
  3. Primary Games Arena (games)
  4. Hit the Button (times tables and number bonds)
  5. Math is Fun (worksheets)
  6. Primary Resources (oldie but a goodie!)
  7. NRich (problem solving and challenge questions)
  8. TT Rockstars (competitive times tables)
  9. Maths Zone (portal to lots of maths games and quizzes)
  10. Ashcott Primary School (videos from pupils for parents)

Bonus Extra: Third Space Learning Maths Hub (resources from maths tuition experts)

Read on for more detail on which free maths website is good for maths games, which worksheets, and which will challenge children of any ability to think deeply, reason and problem solve.

1. Matr – free trial of the personalised maths programme for 7 to 11 year olds

Lesson screenshot from online classroom

What’s the website about 

The best maths homework help solution in our view is one that removes the need for you as a parent to have to get too involved. Not only does this free you from having to get up to speed with ‘new maths’ but it also is makes the maths meltdowns that happen between refusing child and insistent parent so much less likely.

Matr’s personalised maths programmes mix the best of online learning with the additional support of a one-to-one tutor. Matr takes care of the maths homework while you take care of everything else. You can sign your child up immediately for free, and then book extremely affordable follow-up lessons as required.

Handy to know

As well as the maths programme of tuition, Matr also provides free maths resources written by educational experts to give your child additional practice or just to gauge your child’s level in maths and understand what level of support they need. Get started with the fun Charlie and The Chocolate Factory eBook!

See how it works here

2. BBC Bitesize maths homework help online for children of all ages

Maths Homework Help With BBC Bitesize

What’s the website about?

BBC Bitesize is the gold standard when it comes to getting help for your child with their maths homework, and it’s good for parents who are struggling with the new curriculum being used in schools too! It’s not just getting to grips with whether your child is in Key Stage 2 or Key Stage 1 – but what about the methods now used? Chunking anyone? 

The first incarnation of the Bitesize website was launched back in 1998, and over the last 20 years the BBC has built up a sterling reputation amongst teachers, parents and children alike as the place to go for free homework help online.

Handy to know

All topics on the Bitesize website are organised by year group and curriculum, so you’ll be secure in the knowledge that your child will be working at the right level. Short videos make the learning enjoyable and accessible, and the sheer amount of information on offer on this website should make it the first stop for maths homework help!

Take a look at the BBC Bitesize website here.

3. Primary Games Arena – learn maths through games online!

Maths Help Online With Games - Primary Maths Arena

What’s the website about?

At Matr, we believe that children learn best when they’re engaged and empowered by learning, and Primary Games Arena delivers this with a huge helping of fun too.

It is a free website that encourages children to play online maths games linked to their homework.

What’s more, children can play against other students. Forget Fortnite, these games will sharpen their maths skills without them even noticing!

Handy to know

Primary Games Arena breaks down the games on the site by both age (school year group) and by topic. This gives you as a parent the ability to pair up the maths game with whatever topic your child is learning in school, forming a fantastic learning partnership. This may seem like a unique way to get maths help online, but it certainly works!

Head over to Primary Maths Arena by clicking here.

4. Hit the Button – excellent website and app to practise times tables and number bonds homework

Maths Homework Help - Hit the button

What’s the website about?

Perfect for helping your kids get their heads round the basics in an engaging way, Hit the Button is an interactive maths game with quickfire questions on:

  • Number bonds
  • Times tables
  • Doubling and halving
  • Multiples
  • Division facts
  • Square numbers

The games work against the clock so are great for developing your child’s mental maths skills at primary school.

Handy to know

Another reason we like this website is that in addition to the fun and interactive nature of the maths games, it also has a dedicated section on parental tips and tricks for the best ways to support your child throughout their learning.

Hit the Button can be found here.

5. Math is Fun – A simple but very useful free maths homework help website

Online Maths Help from Math Is Fun

What’s the website about?

Math or maths? Don’t be put off by the US spelling, as this site will reinforce learning for the UK curriculum in a lively and engaging way.

It’s topic based rather than year based, but it is an excellent site if your child needs to revise a particular topic because each one is written in a clear and precise style.

Handy to know

As well as being a great place for your child to get free maths homework help online, Math is Fun also gives you the chance to see how well your child has digested the material they have learned through a number of questions on each topic.

There’s also a section of the site dedicated to downloadable worksheets, and we love this too! 

Check out the Math is Fun site here!

Charlie & The Chocolate Factory Puzzle eBook

Download our FREE Charlie & The Chocolate Factory Maths Puzzle eBook and let your child work their way through the colourful and creative questions, all based around the classic book.

6. Primary Resources – Everything you’ll need for maths homework help all in one place

Primary Maths Homework Help - Primary Resources

What’s the website about?

We love Primary Resources because its no-nonsense maths worksheets are perfect for free maths homework help. It’s a long standing favourite website among teachers but there’s no reason why parents can’t use the exercises and maths practice activities too.

Handy to know

Worksheets are sorted by topics and level, so you can be confident that whatever topic from the primary maths national curriculum for KS1 or KS2 your child practises with you in the evening can be applied in the classroom the next day.

Check out the Primary Resources site.

7. NRICH – When the maths homework requires some support on problem solving! 

Maths help online with NRICH

What’s the website about?

NRICH is a free maths site born from a Cambridge Maths Project to encourages children to think like mathematicians, become ‘good thinkers’ and generally develop curiosity about the world around them. It’s 

It was originally founded by a group of teachers and provides free maths activities for all ages and abilities – secondary as well as primary. There’s a particular focus on problem solving and reasoning, key principles of the new national curriculum for KS1 and KS2. The step-by-step explanations are perfect for anyone who is pursuing that elusive ‘I get it!’ moment.

Handy to know

NRICH is a great site for challenging high achievers. Thanks to the breadth of topics and tasks on there, you will be able to really challenge your child whilst ensuring that they can get the right level of maths help online.

The NRICH website can be found here.

8. Times Tables Rockstars – so cheap it’s free homework help website and app to support learning times tables and multiplication

TT Rockstars - Multiplication Help

What’s the website about?

One of our favourites, and although it’s not strictly free, it’s only £6 per year for family membership. Times tables are the absolute bedrock of maths learning; mastering them can have a direct impact on how well kids get to grips with the more complex maths further up the curriculum, so it’s worth nailing them early on.

Moreoever, from 2020 all Year 4 pupils will be required to sit a short Multiplication and Times Tables Test/Check as part of the new government assessment regime. Worth getting a head start now!

Handy to know

In Times Tables Rockstars, you earn rewards through mastery which can be ‘spent’ buying accessories for your online avatar. This is often the most popular part, of the whole process!

Times Tables Rock Stars can be found here.

9. Maths Zone – The ultimate site for free maths homework help with links to lots of other websites 

Maths Zone Primary Maths Homework Help

What’s the website about?

Maths Zone describes itself as ‘cool learning games’, and it’s just that.

Need some help with frustrating fractions homework? There’s a free maths game for that on Maths Zone.

Place value proving problematic? There’s a free maths app for that too….

Absolutely jam-packed with fun ways to learn more about maths, this site is ideal for children that like task-based learning and are motivated by tech, as the games are fast paced and full of action.

Handy to know

Each game starts with a short video to show how it’s played, so this should result in fewer calls of “Mum/Dad, I don’t know how to do it!” coming from the living room.

Maths Zone and all of its amazing games can be found here.

10. Ashcott Primary School – Online maths homework help fresh from the mouths of primary pupils!

Ashcott Primary School - Maths Homework Help

What’s the website about?

Ashcott Primary is a school with a big heart that’s based in Somerset. What we love about the maths homework help on their page is that the videos explaining core maths concepts are all done and narrated by the kids, and are very clear and helpful.

Handy to know

With the content on the site coming from a school, you know for a fact that the teaching strategies involved here will be aligned with what your child has been taught.

The Ashcott Primary School website is available here.

And our Bonus number 11 website:  Third Space Learning’s Online Maths Hub – a teacher focused maths resource site with lots of videos and resources that parents can use too!

Even though this website is aimed very clearly at teachers we thought we should include it as it contains over 400 downloadable resources and videos on this site, at least 60 of which are free. Lots of free practice SATs papers, mental maths activities and even short maths in minutes videos that break down for non-specialists like parents and support staff at school, how to help children with maths.

Find out more about the Third Space Learning maths hub here 

So that’s our top 10 list of free online maths homework apps and websites – hopefully something to suit all children, whether they’re puzzle-loving logic fans or rapid action game adventurers.

Any more we’ve missed?

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