Numeracy includes comprehending, interpreting and drawing on mathematical skills, knowledge and language and general thinking and learning skills and processes such as analysis, justification, generalisation, making and testing conjectures and evaluation. It involves having the confidence to know what to use, when to use it and when to access other resources.
A broad mathematics curriculum provides opportunities for students to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of the content and processes of mathematics. It supports them to have confidence and awareness of ways in which they can apply this knowledge, skill and understanding in mathematics, other learning areas and in their lives.
Teachers use the Australian Mathematics Curriculum to plan learning programs to enable students to understand the key concepts described at each year level. Teachers structure a range of experiences in various contexts for students to build a thorough understanding of important mathematical concepts of number, algebra, measurement, geometry, statistics and probability.
Everyday life is full of opportunities to help your child learn about maths. We use maths many times each day, often without knowing it. Make your daily routines – like cooking, fixing and gardening – a chance for your child to learn maths. The more your child joins in, the more maths will make sense.
It is important to praise your child while they are learning maths. Even if they make a mistake they are having a go and that is good. Children may lose confidence if they struggle with maths. Remind them that other things like skipping, bike riding and playing games also need to be practised a lot. Once we are good at something, we enjoy it much more. If your child doesn’t know the answer, allow a little time to work it out. Give hints and clues. Encourage attempts.