Numeracy occurs in everyday life. It includes understanding and drawing upon mathematical skills, knowledge and language, skills and processes such as investigating, reasoning, taking risks generalising, creating and testing conjectures and evaluation to solve problems. It involves having the confidence to choose what to use, when to use it and to have the ability to access other resources when required. A broad mathematics curriculum delivered by teachers provides opportunities for students to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of the content and processes of mathematics. It encourages them to have the confidence and awareness of ways in which they can apply this knowledge, skill and understanding in mathematics, other curriculum areas and in their own lives.

Teachers use the West Australian Mathematics Curriculum to plan learning programs to enable students to understand the key concepts described at each year level. Teachers plan a range of experiences in various contexts for students to build a deep understanding of the important mathematical concepts of number, algebra, measurement, geometry, statistics and probability with the proficiency strands UnderstandingFluencyProblem Solving and Reasoning e embedded in these experiences.

Everyday life is full of opportunities to help your child learn about mathematics. We use mathematics many times each day – like cooking, shopping and gardening – and this is a chance for your child to learn mathematics. By asking questions such as – How did you work it out?, How do you know that?, What will happen if…?, Why ….? will help your child make sense of mathematics in the real world.

It is important that families and school work together to support the learning of mathematics.   Praise your child while they are learning mathematics, mistakes are part of the learning journey – they learn by these if in a positive and supportive environment. If your child doesn’t know the answer, encourage attempts, give hints, clues and ask questions and allow a little time to work it out.