Talking about maths.


It is important for children to develop specific language skills related to maths. Visits to the playground, or helping at home, provide rich and meaningful contexts to develop these skills. It might take time for your child to use these terms and language effectively, but exposure to this mathematical talk is a strong support
for future learning.

Some activities to develop mathematical language:

 Use specific terms when asking for items. For example, ask your child to get the ‘one litre’ milk
bottle from the fridge, or the ‘one kilo’ bag of flour from the cupboard.
 When cooking, talk about different measurements used, such as teaspoons, millilitres, litres, and
cups. Discuss ideas about empty and full.
 As you walk, talk and play together describe your child’s movements as they climb ‘over’ the fence,
slide ‘between’ the poles, and swing ‘under’ the monkey bars. This helps your child understand
language related to spatial awareness.
 Sorting activities support your child to understand concepts such as ‘same’ and ‘different’. Use
recycling as an opportunity to sort items to place in the rubbish. For example, paper, plastic,
food waste and general waste.