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Numeracy



What is it?


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  • Recognising and use simple relationships and patterns
  • Using numbers in daily experiences
  • Recognising and use basic shapes and simple spatial concepts in daily experiences


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Why is it important?


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  • Helps children make sense of their daily encounters that involve numeracy concepts and skills at home, in school and in the community
  • Lays foundation for future development of mathematical concepts and skills


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What is number sense?


Number sense goes beyond knowing number names and counting. It includes the concept of quantity, “more” and “less”, conservation of quantity and part-whole relationships.

Find out how you can make use of manipulatives and everyday objects to develop number sense in your children.

You may want to refer to the Nurturing Early Learners (NEL) Educators’ Guide, Volume 6 pp. 5 to 13, for more information on Numeracy in the early years. 
Conservation of quantity
Use manipulatives to help children understand conservation of quantity. Which set has more bears? How do we know?
Conservation of quantity
Does the number of dots change when they are arranged differently?
Part-whole relationships
How can we help children to understand part-whole relationships? How many cubes are there? How else can we make 6?
Part-whole relationships
You can also apply the concept of part-whole relationships into art and craft. How many pink beads are there? How many blue beads are there?
Part-whole relationships
What activity sheets can you design to help illustrate part-whole relationships?
Subitizing
Dice are a great way to let children practise subitizing! How can this be made into a game for children?
Subitizing
Incorporate subitizing into games. Get children to look for the same quantity in a game of “Snap”.