Third and Fourth Class

Numeracy/Mathematics

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:
 
  • Number – counting, addition, Subtraction, multiplication, division, place value, fractions etc.
  • Algebra  – Number patterns
  • Measures  – Length, weight, capacity, time, money
  • Shape & Space  – 2D & 3D shapes, Angles
  • Data  – Understanding & interpreting, Making chart & Graphs
 
3rd & 4th CLASS
Create and develop and discuss an awareness of Maths all around us. E.g.: Clock  – digital and analogue
Shape  – 2D and 3D, square, cube, etc.
Division/Multiplication – How many legs of 2/4 tables/chairs etc.
Be aware that Maths homework may not always be as a ‘traditional sum’ from the Maths textbook,
e.g. Drawing a graph, 2D/3D shapes find, draw and label,Length of TV programmes,
Make Maths real for children, e.g.
  •  Give child € 5/10 with a list of shopping. Estimate change they will get
  • Estimation helps the child to have an idea what their answer should be. They need to practise estimating so that when they do a sum on paper/ in head they will recognise when their answer could not possibly be right.
  • Estimation development ideas: e.g. Change from €5/ 10/ 20 etc
  • Length of carpet needed
  • Distance to town/ on holidays
  • How many 500 L / litre bottles will I need to fill from bucket of water.
  • Pasta per person (weight).
  • How long a TV programme is.
  • How long to walk/drive to place.
  • Cost of cinema for family, etc.