Maths is everywhere around us and is part of your child’s daily life. You can help your child understand and
enjoy maths through simple games and everyday activities.
What your child is learning at school
Here is some of the maths your child will learn in senior infants in primary school.
Recognise the written numbers 0-10.
Say the numbers 0-10 in the correct order. Use the word ‘zero’ for 0.
Write the numbers 0-10.
Count the numbers of objects in a group and count how many are left when some objects are taken away.
Add two groups of objects to make a total of 10.
Start to use the symbols + and = to add groups of objects and write a number sentence, for example 4+2=6.
the number of objects in a group. You child will also learn to:
Recognise simple number patterns, for eample3, 4, _, 6; 6, 5, _, _, 2, 1 by filling each blank space with the correct number; two
claps, three claps, two claps, three claps…
Sort, describe and name 3-D shapes (shapes that are not flat) including cube, sphere, cylinder and cuboid.
Compare objects using words such as heavy or light; heaviest or lightest; long or short; longest or shortest.
Recognise familiar times and read the clock in hours, for example 2 o’clock, 3 o’clock. Put daily or weekly events in order.
Recognise coins up to 20 cents and use coins up to 10 cents.
How your child learns at home
Encourage careful counting, particularly up to 20. Try counting in twos up to 20, for example 2, 4, 6, 8….
Estimate the numbers of objects in a set or group up to 5. Throw out five or fewer items on the table and ask your child to quickly tell you how many there are without counting. Show one face of a die quickly and ask: How many dots can you see?
Count how many are left when some objects are taken away. I have 8 grapes but how many will I have if I eat 2 of them?
Recognise familiar times.Talk about times and clock. Put times up on the fridge door or notice board, for example ‘Football 3pm Tuesday,
Training 9am Saturday’. Talk about things we do in a Summer, in Winter, during the day, at night.
Find numbers. Look at the microwave, the telephone and the TV remote control. Look for numbers outside as you go for walk.
Recognise coins up to 20 cents and use coins up to 10 cents. Let your child handle money and work out change. Talk about the value of coins when you are shopping: Which coin do you need to pay for the sweet? Why can we not use this one? Can you swap me some coins for this 20 cent coin?
Play board games with dice to encourage your child to count, add on and recognise numbers.