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Family Numeracy

How to improve your child's Numeracy

The importance of Numeracy

At Harris Academy Morden we believe numeracy is one of the most important life skills. We ensure that our students are able to develop their understanding of cross-curricular Mathematics. 

Numeracy means many different things to different people. Numeracy is the foundation of mathematics, the concepts learnt in school and necessary for understanding more advanced mathematics, such as quadratic equations, statistical analysis and calculus. Numeracy is also the  ability to perform simple number calculations - a subset therefore of wider mathematics. Numeracy skills are those you need to do a job (for example, using spreadsheets, calculating invoices) or to be an engaged citizen (for example, making sense of statistics reported in the media).

Did you know?

  • Maths helps your child continue with his/her studies in other subjects;

  • Maths A level keeps options open when applying to university;

  • Studies have shown that you earn over 10% more in the course of your career if you have a Maths A level;

  • Maths graduates have the lowest levels of unemployment;

  • Maths is used extensively in some of the best paid jobs: Finance – accountancy, banking, actuarial work; Computing – software, internet, telecommunications; Engineering – manufacturing, surveying, architecture

What can you do to support Numeracy at home?

At Harris Academy Morden, we work hard to support your child’s Numeracy development in all subjects and we would welcome any time you could devote to this at home.

We have already added to our website (see links) some materials for you to use with your son/daughter. It would be useful if you would also:

  • Show them how we use Maths skills in our everyday lives and to involve your child in this;

  • Identifying problems and solving them can also help your child develop Maths skills; If you see him or her puzzling over something, talk about the problem and try to work out the solution together;

  • Don't shy away from Maths if you didn’t like it at school. Try to find new ways to enjoy the subject with your child;

  • Point out the different shapes to be found around your home;

  • Take your child shopping and talk about the quantities of anything you buy;

  • Let your child handle money and work out how much things cost;

  • Look together for numbers on street signs and car registration plates.