Welcome to the home of the Fallibroome Numeracy Ninjas.

We believe that everyone – students, staff and parents – are Numeracy Ninjas.  Students should obviously be engaging with numeracy within their maths lessons, but we would like our Ninjas 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.

Please also see our Twitter feed for posts on numeracy related puzzles, games, facts and news.

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, cooking 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 to improve your maths level.
Parental involvement has a large and positive impact on children’s learning
Review of Best Practice in Parental Engagement” (Department for Education, 2010



Tips & ideas to get your child engaging with numeracy in everyday life:

  • If your child has a mobile phone, use it to talk about maths and money saving. Look together for the best plans; Does their network sell any extras that would make texts or calls cheaper? Is it cheaper to text or use Skype, Snapchat or WhatsApp?
  • At the shops. When buying a couple of items, ask them to work out how much they will cost together. As a challenge for older children, ask them to estimate what the weekly shop will come to.
  • Pocket money. 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 offersin supermarkets together. Ask them to work out which are the best deals.
  • Traveling. Ask your child to help you work out whether it’s cheaper to drive or take public transport. Are there any deals you can get on public transport?
  • Talk to them about getting a bank account. Look together at what’s on offer for young people opening their first account and see which is the best deal.
  • Ask your child to check your change.
  • Directions. 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 forpatternsand symmetry when out and about.
  • Sport. 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 can they 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 is etc. Ask for the reasons behind their answer and check the answers online.
  • Estimation. For example ask them to think about how they can estimate how many bricks were used to build a local landmark.
  • Hobbies. Ask them to talk about the maths they have come across in the favourite hobby.
  • Journeys. Ask them questions like how many miles or kilometres have we travelled, how many are left and what time should we get to our destination.
  • Cooking. Measure ingredients and set the timer together. Talk about fractions in cooking, for example ask them how many quarter cups make a cup.
  • Talk abouttime. 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.
  • Use newspapers. 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.
Source: http://www.familymathstoolkit.org.uk/

 = Link to external website

NSPCC Numbers Day

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The Daily Rigour Numeracy Newspaper by cdmasterworks Ltd

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“How to” Cards

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