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How to boost your child's Numeracy skills


  • 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.

Top Tips

  • 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?