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You might like to find out more about what your child is doing in maths at school and how you can support them. Have a look at these information sheets for parents and download the one that suits your child. They are from the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) which develops the curriculum for primary and secondary schools.
The tip sheets above are available in Irish, Polish, Lithuanian, Chinese, Portuguese, French and Romanian. Also, watch short videos on the NCCA website showing ways in which parents support their child's learning. See here for the infant classes and here for first and second classes.
Children learn numbers and maths in a natural way through play and everyday activities. It’s different to school and should always be fun and practical – that way your child will enjoy working with numbers.
Your child also develops a sense of patterns and what time means in everyday life. This is important for helping your child to manage everyday activities – going places, how long they have to wait and understanding when things will happen in the future.
Talking about numbers helps your child’s fluency in counting, estimating and understanding numbers and money in everyday life. It takes time for children to understand addition and subtraction so use objects when helping them understand this or when doing their homework.
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