Numerical reasoning is effectively problem solving using numeracy skills. Here are some ideas you can try at home:
- Go shopping with your child to buy two or three items. Ask them to work out the total amount spent and how much change you will get.
- Buy some items with a percentage extra free. Help your child calculate how much of the product is free.
- Plan an outing during the holidays. Ask your child to think about the time you will need to set off and how much money you will need to take.
- Use a TV guide. Ask your child to work out the length of their favourite programmes. Can they calculate how long they spend watching TV each day/week?
- Use a bus or train timetable. Ask your child to work out how long a journey between two places should take. Go on the journey. Doe you arrive earlier or later than expected? By how much?
- Help your child to scale a recipe up or down to feed the right amount of people.
- Work together to plan a party or meal on a budget.
Lots of great games involve numeracy.
- Monopoly – the old-style with the paper money. Even quite young children can be the banker with help.
- Scrabble – make everyone count up their scores and then give your child the job of calculating who has won.