Numeracy Support Card
Term One: Juniors - Rooms 1, 2, 3, 4 & 12
Week 1 & 2
Statistics – Investigation & Literacy
Week 3 - 8
Number – Number Knowledge and Place Value
Week 9 & 10
Geometry - Shape
Term One: Seniors – Rooms 8, 9, 10, & 11
Week 1 - 3
Measurement – Time
Week 4 - 6
Statistics - Probability
Week 7 - 10
Number – Place Value
Grouping and place value: counting stages [Stages 0 – 4]
In the early years students need to learn:
- pairs of numbers that add to 5 and 10. For example 2 + 3 = 5, 6 + 4 = 10
- the result of adding other numbers on to 5 and 10. For example 5 + 2= 7, 10 + 7 = 17.
In addition to this it is important that students understand the relationship between a digit, its place in a numeral, and the amount it represents. Students in the early years students learn to identify the number of
- tens in decades
- hundreds in centuries and thousands.
Grouping and place value: part-whole stages [Stages 5 – 8]
In the partitioning stages students extend these concepts, working with larger numbers, fraction and decimals. In particular students need to learn:
- pairs of numbers that add to 100 and 1000, working in particular with multiples of 5
- groupings of 5, 10 and 100 in other numbers, for example there are 9 groups of 5 in 47 and 766 tens in 7663
- the number of tenths, hundredths and thousandths in decimals to 3 places
- rounding whole numbers to the nearest 10, 100 or 1000 and decimals to the nearest hundredth
- equivalent fractions for common fractions, using denominators of 100 and 1000, for example 1/4 is 25/100 and 250/1000.
Basic Facts Support Card
Basic facts knowledge is the fast and fluent recall of key addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts as well as key proportional relationships. This knowledge is critical as it enables learners to use partitioning strategies. For example, to solve 37 + 9 as (37 + 3) + 6, students need to know that 9 is made up of 3 and 6, and 7 + 3 = 10.
When should basic facts be taught?
What can I do to help my child?
Not everyone loves maths. But everyone uses maths in their everyday life, so it is important for your child's future that they are successful in mathematics. One of the easiest ways to help ensure that this happens is to be supportive of their experiences in maths. Do you spend as long helping your child learn about maths as you do reading? Do you show a positive attitude towards your child's maths homework? You are your child's most important role model and their attitude towards maths is likely to reflect your own.
It is easy to be interested in the books your child is reading, the writing they are doing, and the sports they are playing at school. Try to be equally interested in the maths they are learning.
Listen to them
The Numeracy Project aims to encourage children to think about different ways of solving problems, and to be able to explain them to others. If your child is explaining how they answered a question - LISTEN. They may not answer it the same way that you would, but that does not mean they are wrong. Expect your child to use different strategies to solve problems. Encourage them to explain their thinking. Sometimes you might need to use materials, such as counters, or pen and paper for them to demonstrate what they mean. Be prepared to try different strategies yourself!
Give them opportunities to do maths
Maths is everywhere! Regardless of the age or ability of your child there are opportunities for them to practice their maths.
If your child is learning to count - count things. You may count the number of steps in a staircase, the number of toys on the floor, the number of cars driving past, or anything else you can think of. The more your child counts, the better they will get.
If your child is learning to add - add things. This could be easy things such as the number of knives on the table plus the number of forks on the table, or more difficult things such as the cost of items at the supermarket. Don't forget to subtract as well.
Ask your child what they are doing in maths at school and try to use it in everyday life. If they are learning about fractions, ask them about fractions "What fraction of people in our family are children?" "What fraction of the milk is left?". This will not only give them practice, but also show them that maths relates to the 'real' world.
Some great contexts for maths are:
- Money - counting and calculating. Pocket money, banking, shopping...
- Measuring things - lengths, areas, volumes, cooking ingredients...
- Travelling - reading numbers on signs for young children, calculating distances and speeds for older children.
- Games - Monopoly, Bingo, board games, cards...
Booklet of Ideas for Parents
The booklet gives ideas for you to help your child with number knowledge at each numeracy stage. You can find a downloadable version of this booklet in the resource folder at the bottom of this page.
Useful Websites to support Numeracy Strategy learning and Basic Facts
Link to the Families page on the NZ Maths website - contains activities to do at home, games you can make, as well as information on how your child learns maths at school
A really useful site for teachers, parents and kids. It contains a list of books that help to teach maths concepts - so you can enjoy the story and learn about maths at the same time!
A great site to practise basic facts
and it will time you!
A fun school site from the UK. It contains many songs, games and rhymes
to teach early numeracy.
A site for all ages and all curriculum areas
Another website to practise those basic facts!
Welcome to Maths Mysteries, the maths site for sum-sleuthing 7 to 9 year-olds!
A direct link to Topmarks maths games, covering ages 3 - 14