Welcome to the home of Mount St Joseph Numeracy
We believe that everyone – students, staff and parents can be numeracy experts. Students should obviously be engaging with numeracy within their maths lessons, but we would like to see how far the application of maths reaches elsewhere. We are going to be posting regular puzzles on this page, with the hope that some of you will challenge yourselves, your family, your friends or your teachers with working out the answers and entering the weekly competitions.
Top Tips for Parents and Families
Be positive about Maths. Don’t say things like “I can’t do maths” or “I hated maths at school”; your child might start to think like that themselves.
Point out the maths in everyday life. Include your child in activities involving maths such as using money, cookling and travelling.
Praise your child for effort rather than talent. This shows them that by working hard they can always improve.
If you struggle with maths yourself – try the free online tool the National Numeracy Challenge or the Numeracy cards to improve your maths level.
Parental involvement has a large and positive impact on children’s learning
Review of best Practise in Parental Engagement (Department for Education 2010)
Tips and ideas to get your child engaging with numeracy in everyday life
Use it to talk about maths and money saving. Look together for the best plans; does their network sell any extras that would make calls and texts cheaper? Is it cheaper to use text, Snapchat or Whatsapp?
At the shops
When buying a couple of items, ask them to work out how much they will cost altogether. As a challenge for older children, ask them to estimate what the weekly shop will come to.
Use this as an opportunity to talk about maths – are they saving for anything? How much do they need to save each week to buy it?
Work out offers in supermarkets.
Ask them to work out which are the best deals.
Ask your child to help you work out whether it is cheaper to drive or take public transport. Are there any deals you can get on public transport?
Look together at what is on offer for young people opening their first account and see which is the best deal.
When travelling somewhere familiar, ask your child to give you directions and timings, then test their directions out. If they get something wrong, ask them to think of the best way to get back to where you want to go.
Look for patterns and symmetry when out and about.
Sports are the perfect chance to think about speed, scores, time and angles. Get competitive; try out different angles to score from, ask them how many star jumps they can do in a minute.
Explore the local area
Ask them to guess how many people live in your town, how far is the nearest airport etc. Ask for the reasons behind their answer and check the answers online.
For example, ask them to think about how they can estimate how many bricks were used to build a local landmark.
Ask them to talk about the maths they have come across in their favourite hobby.
Ask them questions like how many miles or kilometres have we travelled? How many are left? What time should we get there?
Measure ingredients and set the timer together. Talk about fractions in cooking, for example ask them how many quarter cups make a cup.
Talk about time
For example get them to work out what time you need to leave the house to get to school on time.
Look for maths on TV, newspapers, magazines and talk about it together.
Talk to your child about percentages in special offers, the probability in the weather reports, the length of tv shows and compare the salaries in the jobs section.
GCSE Maths for Parents