Numeracy & Mathematics

Supporting numeracy at home doesn’t need to be a slog, try some of the ideas below for quick, fun maths!

Ideas to try at home:

  • Draw your child’s attention to numbers wherever you see them. The car speedometer, the microwave timer, the TV scheduler, bus timetables and house numbers are all rich with number!
  • Play guess the number! Your child has to guess which number you are thinking of by eliminating numbers with questions e.g. Is it under 10? Is it an even number? Is it a multiple of 3?
  • Play tables tennis! Take it in turns to repeat a multiple e.g. 3, 6, 9 etc. Tennis swings are optional!
  • Around the dinner table! Ask your child to stand behind someone else at the dinner table and ask them a maths question. If they get it right they move onto the next person, if they get it wrong they sit in that persons seat!
  • If you are out walking somewhere try to spot as many shapes, angles, numbers as possible and name them where possible.
  • Quick quizzes: anytime you have 2 minutes to spare – quiz your child on what they are learning in maths at the moment. Their chance to impress!
  • Hand claps: an old favourite! Clap your hands together and then clap with a partner while counting in 2s, 3s, 4s or whatever you fancy. This helps with numeracy and co-ordination!
  • Sorting games: Give your child a box of old toys to sort into different piles. Ask them why they chose to sort them into certain piles. By shape? By size? By object?
  • Pairing socks. Ask your child to pair up the socks with you when doing laundry. A great opportunity to practice counting in multiples of 2!

We use a variety of resources to provide the children with quality learning experiences and meet the outcomes of Curriculum for Excellence in numeracy and maths.  Primary 1 – Primary 4 aim to develop a strong numerical foundation by learning through the Stages of Early Arithmetic Learning (SEAL) approach.  Teachers support children to build upon their understanding of number and counting objects, to counting and completing arithmetical sums mentally with confidence and speed.

All children will develop understanding of and skills in handling addition, subtraction, multiplication and division; money; information handling; shape, position and movement; time; measurement; and problem solving.  We also endeavour to teach maths by linking to other areas of the curriculum, providing a real context for learning.