Learning - Numeracy

Numeracy is a fundamental life skill. It is developed in multiple ways right from the early years as young children learn about counting, measuring or estimating during play.

In schools, learning about numeracy has 6 areas:

  • Estimating, calculating and solving complex problems with numbers
  • Identifying, describing and creating everyday patterns, and using patterns to identify trends
  • Solving problems using fractions, decimals, percentages and rates
  • Collecting and interpreting data, and explaining likelihood of events
  • Using measurement – including length, temperature, mass, volume, capacity, area and time

Students develop numeracy as they apply their mathematical knowledge and skills in their everyday lives and in the learning areas. 


Helping your child


You can help your child develop numeracy capability by:

  • Involving your child in everyday activities that provide opportunities to talk about and use mathematics, such as cooking, shopping, watching a movie, travelling to school or on holidays
  • Supporting your child to work out the costs of things they want to buy and manage money
  • Including your child when using timetables, calendars and maps to plan family event