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An angle is the space between two lines at the point at which they meet. We measure an angle in degrees. Think of a round clock on the wall. If the hand of the clock goes all the way around, that's 360 degrees. If the hand only moves from 12 o'clock (where the hand points straight up) to 3 o'clock (where the hand points to the right) that's a quarter of 360 - an angle of 90 degrees.
You can measure angles using a protractor. It is the half circle shaped maths tool in the picture above. Your 5th or 6th class child might be learning to use a protractor in school. Find out more about using a protractor with this link from Maths is Fun. Check out this game of angles from MathPlayground. It asks you to estimate an angle using a slider. See how accurate your child can get. Here's another angles game from IXL.com
Maths makes sense to children when they use it in everyday life - like measuring things, working out distances, estimating food for dinner or money for groceries. The more opportunities you give your child to use the maths they learn at school through everyday activities the more they will understand and enjoy working with numbers.
Discuss maths that you see around you. For example, talk about sales in shops – half price, 25% off, what is good value? Or how much will the item cost after the discount?
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