We use Mathematics in many areas of our lives every day. Being able to work out how many? How often? Or how heavy things are is important. Can we afford to buy something? Can we fit something into a particular space? These are all daily tasks we undertake which are dependent on our mathematical abilities. Mathematics is an important core curriculum subject and an important life skill for children to develop. The more we (staff and parents) can do to help the children to develop their mathematical skills and to enhance the experience the better for them. Our Maths Curriculum is based on a spiral approach to teaching and learning. This means that topics are revisited from year to year and previous knowledge is extended and build upon. The following information will help you to help your child and will give you an insight into the curriculum at your child’s level. If you should require more information about the Maths curriculum or want clarification on any matter please contact your child’s teacher.
There are 5 stands in the Primary School Maths Curriculum:
Social Maths in 5th and 6th class
The tasks and practical problem solving activities that your child works with in fifth and sixth class are similar to those in previous classes. They have, however become more challenging and complex. The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) have devised helpful tip sheets for parents (www.ncca.ie). These tip sheets provide ideas, resources and information to help you promote a positive and productive learning environment at home for your child. You can also help your child learn at home by creating opportunities for your child to handle money and work within budgets, for example you could give your child responsibility of planning a shopping trip and staying within a particular budget to buy particular items on your list. He/she could use the internet to check out and compare prices of, CDs or DVDs online. It is also helpful to provide opportunities for your child to solve problems in real life situations at home, for example, ask your child to help in assembling furniture or in measuring a room for wallpapers of a new carpet.