Getting The Numbers Right

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

Main points:

  • We all use maths every day, and maths skills help your child understand and experience the world around them.
  • In Prep your child will further develop maths skills by manipulating and playing with objects.
  • Your child will also further become acquainted with shapes, numbers and descriptions of objects.
  • There are a number of ways you can help your child develop their maths skills.

Using maths every day 

We use maths every day. We need to know how much things cost and how much we have to spend. We need to know how things fit together and the weight, shape, size and area of objects, especially when packing things like school lunch boxes and bags, and we all need to know the direction to take to get to school, work or the shops and to estimate how long it will take us to get there. 

Just like learning to read, your child will have already started to develop the math skills needed as they experience the world around them. These skills will be further developed this year at school by manipulating and playing with objects that develop links between their immediate environment and everyday language.

Your child will also build on their child care and kindergarten learning by participating in activities that help them identify and name different shapes (squares, circles, triangles) and to describe things in terms of bigger, longer, heavier or shorter as well as improve their counting skills.

What you can do

Some of the things you can do at home to encourage your child to think about and explore maths include:

  • asking your child to talk about or name the number of things in their picture story books
  • going on a number hunt with your child; for example, get them to look for and identify cars with a number plate that has the number 2, or to look for and identify house or unit numbers with a 4
  • collecting a selection of different coloured everyday objects and have your child to sort them into groups of the same colour. Alternatively, start a repeated pattern (blue, red and orange, blue, red and orange) and get them to continue the pattern
  • encouraging your child to count while they play – like how many times can they jump, bounce a ball or hear a particular sound
  • talking with your child about the size and shape of things they see. Get them to look for particular shapes and count how many times they see them – how many times can we see a circle, the number of windows in houses along your street or the shape of your roof.

You can always contact your child’s teacher for more ideas and suggestions about how to support your child’s maths learning at home.

Related links

  • Count Us In – online games designed to help children understand basic number concepts.
  • Mathletics – Mathletics switches kids onto maths; it’s fun and is suitable for all ages and abilities.