1. Numeracy is the ability to understand and work with numbers
2. Working with numbers is an essential skill for life.
Some Tips for Helping With Maths
Tables should be practised every day until they are known ‘by heart.’
Sums with addition, subtraction, division and multiplication can be practised.
Decimal numbers can be explained using money (e.g. €259.35, €66.78, €1.29, €0.78, €0.02).
Fractions can be explained using pizza slices as an example.
Shape and Space
Angles - different types of angles can be drawn (acute, right, obtuse, reflex).
Look for shapes in the environment (e.g. 2-D shapes squares, circles, rectangles, triangles and 3-D shapes cubes, pyramids, spheres etc.)
Look at maps and plans, draw a simple plan or map.
Use a measuring jug to measure different amounts of water. Measure how much water is held by different cups and glasses. Learn how much liquid is held by different household tubes, cartons, bottles, jars etc. (e.g. 100ml, 330ml, 500ml, 2L, 5L,10L)
Learn about Weight (Kg. g.) and Length (Km, m, cm ), look for examples in the home.
Learn the time using an analogue watch / clock.
Look out for different types of graphs in newspapers and online. What do they show?