- Numeracy is a life skill vital for you to make informed decisions in your everyday life.
- We need to change attitudes about Maths and Numeracy, both at the Academy and at home. We need to encourage everyone to have a positive attitude toward Maths and not make disparaging remarks about people's mathematical ability.
- Adults who struggle with numeracy are twice as likely to be unemployed as those who are competent.
- Recent studies have shown that numeracy is a bigger indicator of disadvantage than literacy.
- As a parent/carer, you give your child their first experiences of maths; we'll help you make it a good one.
- Even if you don't feel confident with maths, you can still make a huge difference to your child's numeracy confidence and ability.
- Be positive about maths! Never say things like "I can't do maths" or "I hated maths at school"... your child might start to think like that themselves.
- Point out the maths in everyday life. Include your child in activities where you use maths such as using money, cooking and travelling.
- Praise your child for effort rather than talent - this shows them that by working hard they can always improve.
Ideas to Try at Home
- Talk about numbers in sport - how many points does your team need to avoid relegation or how many goals, tries, points or runs has your team scored this season?
- Measure ingredients or set the timer together when you are cooking. Talk about fractions in cooking - how many quarter cups make a cup?
- Talk about proportion when you make a cup of tea or squash - how much milk or how much water?
- Talk about the shape and size of objects - use the internet to find interesting size facts like tallest and shortest people, or biggest and smallest buildings etc.
- Talk about time - for example, what time should they leave the house to be at school on time?
- Look for maths on TV in newspapers or magazines etc. and talk about what it means.
- Solve maths problems at home, e.g. we have 3 pizzas cut into quarters, if we eat 10 quarters, how many will be left?