At Werribee Primary School, we understand that all students learn differently and develop at different rates. Our Numeracy program provides students with essential mathematical skills and knowledge in Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. It develops the numeracy capabilities that all students need in their personal, work and civic life, and provides the fundamentals on which mathematical specialties and professional applications of Mathematics are built.
The overall goals of our Numeracy program are for students to:
- be confident, creative users and communicators of mathematics
- be able to investigate, represent and interpret situations involving Numeracy
- develop an increasingly sophisticated understanding of mathematical concepts and fluency with processes
- be able to pose and solve problems and reason in Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability
- recognise connections between the areas of mathematics and other disciplines and appreciate Mathematics as an accessible and enjoyable discipline to study
What can I do to help my child?
Giving preschoolers a solid foundation in early Mathematics literacy is critical to their future academic success, not to mention how important it is to their day-to-day functioning.
At home you can assist in developing your child’s mathematical skills by including them in your daily tasks. Here are some examples:
- Count food items at snack time (e.g., 5 crackers, 20 raisins, 10 baby carrots).
- Use a calendar to count down the days to a birthday or special holiday. Help your child see the connection between a numeral like "5," the word "five," and five days on the calendar.
- Practice simple addition and subtraction using small toys, blocks and egg cartons.
- Play simple board games where your child moves a game piece from one position to the next.
- Take your child shopping. Develop their understanding that when we buy something, we have to give something of equal value in return.
- Let your child help you measure ingredients for a simple recipe - preferably a favourite!
- Measure your child's height every month or so, showing how you use a ruler or tape measure. Mark their height on a "growth chart" or a mark on a door frame. Help your child compare his or her own height to previous months and also to his or her siblings' heights.
- Measure how many steps from the top of there bed to the end of their bed.
- Have your child name the shapes of objects such as blocks or food
(e.g – when pizza is whole it is a circle. When we cut in it can become triangles).
- Arrange cookie cutters in patterns on a cookie sheet or placemat. A simple pattern might be: star-circle-star-circle.
- Play games where you direct your child to jump forward and back, to run far from you or stay nearby.
- Use songs with corresponding movements to teach concepts like in and out, up and down, and round and round.
Family Guide to Numeracy