Number work involves understanding numbers and the number system and being able to calculate, using mental, written and calculator methods.
Number work can involve whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percentages, and ratio and proportion.
Numeracy is important for all children. It is described in the paragraph below:
“Numeracy is a proficiency which is developed mainly in mathematics but also in other subjects. It is more than a basic ability to do arithmetic. It involves developing confidence and competence with numbers and measures. It requires understanding of the number system, a repertoire of mathematical techniques, and an inclination and ability to solve quantitative or spatial problems in a range of contexts. Numeracy also demands understanding of the ways in which data is gathered by counting and measuring, and presented in graphs, diagrams, charts and tables.”
Framework for teaching mathematics: Years 7, 8 and 9
You can help your child by:
- involving them in everyday calculations, for example when shopping or in the home, when measuring, working with money, estimating, or working with time
- supporting them to learn the number facts, for example that 7 × 9 = 63, when they are unsure
- talking about which multiplication facts your child does know and how they can use them to work out other facts, for example: ‘I know that 4 × 7 = 28, so 8 × 7 = 56 as it is twice as much’
- with calculation problems, asking your child to explain how they have been taught to do the calculation and supporting them with that method. They have been taught to understand how the number system works and use that knowledge, rather than learning tricks.