Tally it up

6 - 8 years
Ideas to help your child practise their numeracy skills - with you, and online
Father and son with pen in hand looking at note pad

Developed in partnership with Education Services Australia

The Australian Curriculum sets the goal for what all students should learn as they progress through their school life. Skills in the Year 1-2 curriculum include:

  • collecting, displaying and describing data
  • choosing simple questions, gathering responses and making simple inferences
  • representing data with objects and drawings and describing the displays
  • creating displays of data using lists, basic tables and picture graphs and interpreting them.

It’s easy to help your child practise these skills as part of everyday life – just use these simple ideas.

Get stuck into data

To develop your child's data literacy, try to give them experience at collecting, analysing and interpreting data. For example, your child could:

  • conduct mini-surveys of family and friends
    How about you survey everyone about their favourite pizza toppings, so we know what to buy when we have our pizza party.
  • collect data to answer a specific question
    Do you think we spend too much time on housework? Why don't you collect data on how much time everyone spends on housework over the week, so we can see.

Projects such as these will give your child valuable practice at thinking about issues such as:

  • how to design a survey or data collection to answer a specific question
  • whether to use yes/no, multiple-choice or open-ended questions
  • how to record data
  • different ways that data can be presented.

Go online

For online reinforcement, What is a monster's favourite food will give your child practice at:

  • tallying survey data in groups of five.



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Last modified
15 April 2020