How can you support a child’s development by helping them with their numeracy skills at home? To learn more about helping children with maths and practise your language skills, watch the video and complete the activities.


Task 1 - comprehension

Task 2 - vocabulary

Task 3 - summary


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Maths is a really important subject that your child will study every day while they're at school. Each day they will have either a numeracy or a maths session, so it's really important that you help them and reinforce these skills that they work on daily at school.

Everything you see, count, you know? Say, for example, you're reading a book, you know, instead of, like, just reading through it, I guess, like, if there are objects, count the objects, encourage them to, like, count, you know, and count with them.

When I wash the socks, she puts them in pairs, she counts them.

We count the birds, we count how many shops there are, stuff like that.

Many parents' experiences of maths at school are unhappy experiences, but maths has changed and parents can be reluctant to help their children because they've felt that they've failed in that subject when they were at school.

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Children enjoy their maths activities much more and parents need to develop their understanding so that they can help their children.


Use activities in the home

It helps to work with your child's school. What can parents do to help?

When you're shopping, you can use the coins. The children are looking at the values of the coins, looking at how much things cost.

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In the kitchen, when children are cooking, they can be weighing out. They can be weighing liquids and looking at measures. They can be counting on and counting back when they're setting the table in the kitchen. All of these are really important skills that young children need to develop.

My dad has, like, loads of pieces of big planks and some of them are in half and some of them are full, so I count them, so like if there is a full one, I count that as a one and if it's cut in half, I count it as a half, so, one and a half. And if I get two halves that makes a whole one.

My mum, when she's cooking, she'll use different bottles of water, so she'll fill some up higher and some low, some medium and some high.

Playing games with children is paramount. Not only is it an enjoyable family activity but, actually, if they are looking at numbers, then they're looking at number bonds, numbers adding together and they're sorting things, and it's all fun and enjoyable things that you can do as a family together.

Make maths fun

Use everyday activities and make number games

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