By presenting mathematics as a story

children can make links to their everyday life. 

Turn everyday events or objects into a maths story: 

Count the fruit in the fruit bowl. Cut a piece of fruit into six pieces. Count the pieces of toast you cooked at breakfast. Add the total of the cutlery at the table. Count the number of people travelling in the tram or in the car beside you.  Change this in to a writing activity. For example: there are five pieces of fruit in this bowl. Three are apples and two are bananas. My nude food lunchbox has six things inside. One sandwich, one orange and two bits of cheese, a bowl of rice and some sushi.