Although this site is called “Everyday Maths”, it’s actually about numeracy. Numeracy is the set of maths skills that you might use in everyday life. Crucially it also includes the ability to directly relate those skills to real life. Some people might feel that some of the maths they were taught in school has little relevance to them.
Numeracy is very practical and you’ll be using your skills a lot once you’ve got the hang of them. Mathematics is more broad and sometimes more theoretical.
- How many Euros you’ll get to take on holiday given a certain exchange rate.
- How many taxis do you need to get everyone home?
- Comparing labels in the supermarket to see which product has less sugar per 100g.
- Interpreting graphs and statistics in the newspaper.
- Checking the VAT on an invoice.
- Working out how much wood you’ll be left with after sawing a certain amount off.
- Square Roots
These are all fine subjects to study, say, for GCSE Maths, but not ones we’ll be concentrating on (Yet, at least!) These maths skills tend to have specific uses, often related to what sort of job you have or what course you want to study next. But they’re not things that most people use in their daily lives, and so fall outside of the scope of Numeracy. National Numeracy have a great graphic about the five areas of numeracy
Admit it, you’re a bit relieved right? Well, don’t forget, maths confidence is just the first step. We’re big on life-long learning around here. Who knows where your maths journey might lead?
Why not tell me in the comments what everyday maths situations you find challenging? Perhaps I’ll choose yours for my next post.