Introduction to supporting numeracy

Supporting numeracy at home

Numeracy is about being able to understand and use numbers in a range of situations, for example when solving problems or making decisions in situations involving numbers.

How can I help?

Learning doesn’t just take place in the classroom, it can happen anywhere.

A child or young person’s everyday routine offers many opportunities and experiences to practise and apply their numeracy skills in real and meaningful ways.

There are many ways that you can build learning activities into everyday routines to support your child’s numeracy skills.

Below are some simple ideas to build numeracy skills into everyday activities from early years to secondary.

PDF file: Information handling (746 KB)

PDF file: Measurement (1.20 MB)

PDF file: Mental calculation (536 KB)

PDF file: Money (343 KB)

PDF file: Numbers (938 KB)

PDF file: Time (622 KB)

Related resources

Numeracy and Mathematics Glossary

This glossary has been developed for parents and carers of children and young people in the broad general education in Scottish schools. It defines some of the commonly used terms in numeracy and mathematics.

Every Day's a Learning Day

'Every Day's a Learning Day' consists of two books produced by Education Scotland for parents and carers of children aged between birth and 3 years, and 3 to 6 years. The aim is to help parents support their child’s development in the crucial areas of health and wellbeing, literacy and numeracy.

This resource highlights the many excellent learning opportunities that exist within daily experiences such as washing the dishes, preparing a meal or doing the shopping.

For parents of children aged birth to 3 years:

PDF file: Every Day’s a Learning Day (birth to 3 years) (4.5 MB)

PDF file: Is gach latha latha ionnsachaidh/Every Day’s a Learning Day - Gaelic version (birth to 3 years) (5.8 MB)

For parents of children aged 3 to 6:

PDF file: Every Day’s a Learning Day (3-6 years) (5.1 MB)

PDF file: Is gach latha latha ionnsachaidh/Every Day’s a Learning Day - Gaelic version (3 to 6 years) (4.7 MB)

'I am a mathematician' resource

Mathematics is important in our everyday lives, allowing us to make sense of the world around us.

We use it every day, at work, leisure and at home. Parents and carers can play a vital role in reinforcing the importance of maths to their children, promoting a positive attitude towards it and making it a fun activity to do together as a family.

This resource will help parents to support their children's learning with fun activities to do at home.

PDF file: I am a mathematician (8.6 MB)

PDF file: I am a mathematician - Gaelic version (19.8 MB)

Related links

Read, Write, Count - Tips, ideas and activities for you and your children to read, write and count together and promote home school partnerships.

Making Maths Count - This report encourages greater enthusiasm for maths amongst children, young people and parents.

BBC - Bitesize - First Level - Mathematics - Fun activities to help children at 1st Level in Scotland learn more about Mathematics.

BBC - Bitesize - Second Level - Mathematics - See how knowing about sums, averages, shapes, graphs and measurements can help with many tasks.

Skint! - A money management resource created for adult literacy and numeracy support groups.

The Big Plus - The Big Plus encourages adults to improve their reading, writing and number skills.