What is Numeracy?
To be numerate is to confidently and effectively use mathematics to meet the everyday demands of life.
Department of Education, Queensland
Numeracy enables you to develop logical thinking and reasoning strategies in your daily life. We need numeracy to solve problems and make sense of time, numbers, patterns and shapes for activities like cooking, reading a map or bill, reading instructions or even playing a sport.
Ways to support numeracy development:
- Encourage your child to use mathematical language – how many, how much, how big, how small…
- Discuss the use of numbers, patterns and shapes in your day to day life – numbers found on library books, spatial patterns or shapes in playgrounds, in the home and in architecture.
- Talk about occasions when you are using mathematics in real life situations – cooking, map reading, building and playing sport
- Explore situations using money such as shopping, budgets, credit cards and bank interest
- Estimate, measure and compare lengths, heights, weights and volumes
- Talk about different ways to solve a problem
- Use everyday tools such as scales and tape measures to discuss units of measure
- Ask “does that make sense?”, “is the answer reasonable?” or “what other ways could we do this?”
- Observe and use timetables, calendars and clocks for study periods, holiday planning and catching public transport
- Help your child work out how much things cost and how much change they will receive
- Play number games using books, magazines and number plates
- Organise, categorise and count collections of things such as toys, books, clothing and shoes.
Numeracy Club will start Thursday 1st October after school (invitation only), it will be run from 3.30pm to 4.30 by Ms
Domarecka and Ms Manning.
If you would like to participate please speak with Ms
Domarecka. Thank you