Teaching Numeracy In Primary School

Clever Ideas For Making Teaching Numeracy Fun Again!

Many teachers find planning and teaching numeracy a little stressful. They often feel more confident and comfortable with teaching and preparing literacy lessons. Here is a collection of resources for teachers, assistants and home schoolers to help make  planning, assessing and teaching numeracy enjoyable. These hands-on ideas are motivating, engaging and more clever alternatives to  the usual worksheets. They are perfect for taking the fear out of learning and putting the JOY back into teaching numeracy!

Use these resources and videos when working on all areas of maths, including: number concepts, patterns and algebra, fractions, decimals and percentages, angles, units of measurement, money and financial mathematics, counting, place value, operations, location and transformation, problem-solving, chance, shape, graphs and data, mathematics investigations, numbers and more.

These teaching numeracy resources, activities and videos will show you how to break down main numeracy concepts into simple easy to implement classroom ideas that will help you to teach your students and get results! Don’t forget to bookmark this page and come back often as we add new teaching resources regularly!

 Teaching Numeracy in Primary School

Resources For Teaching Numeracy in Primary School

Teaching Number Recognition

teaching number sense freebies

  • Teaching Number Recognition  or learning to identify and name numbers, is one of the first things a kindergarten or pre-schooler will learn how to do. It is a complicated concept because it involves much more than being able to name a number.Try these engaging hands-on activities, teacher resources and free printables next time you’re planning and teaching numeracy, for excellent results for your children!

Teaching Repeated Addition

Repeated Addition Free Printables


Think Board Templates

Think board template

  • The Think board template is a  great tool for teaching numeracy. Using maths think boards will help your students build deeper levels of  understanding in a wide range of  concepts. Help your students, understand maths concepts with our maths think board templates and to classify, organise, group and sort ideas and communicate their understanding more effectively. Find some Free printables and great ideas to use in your classroom in this post.
  • MORE Math Think Board Templates -Think boards are an effective visual learning strategy  for your students. Templates can be created for a wide range of math concepts. We have created a black line master pack for you to download with 12 different maths think board templates. Templates in the pack cover the following math concepts on separate think boards:
    • Numbers – reading, writing, saying whole numbers, decimal numbers, fractions, improper fractions, number words, Numerals, Digits
    • Number Sense –  0-9 number sequence, number order, before & after, tens and ones, place value, expanded notation
    • Quantity – tens frames, counters, MAB, fingers, unifix cubes, number line, tally, number sentences.


Think Board Free printable

Mental Maths

muffin tin maths

  • Muffin tin maths is a fun activity to help your students build recall and fluency of maths facts. We used this idea as part of our guided maths  rotations as a  way to build fluency and recall of multiplication facts. This classroom activity also encouraged students to use their range of Mental Maths strategies to solve a range of different maths problems.  If you want to save time prepping, cutting photocopying and laminating your maths activities then this muffin tin maths activity  is for you!  Download the Free activity ideas sheet and give this awesome idea for Math Centre , Homeschool or Homework a go!
  • Are you setting up your Mental Maths Program? Read Our ‘Top 5 Things You Need To Know About Teaching Mental Maths‘ for a Successful Program. Grab a FREE Mental Maths Teaching Pack to help teach: Counting On, Rearranging the Parts, Subitising, 3 For FREE and more…

Place Value

  • Download this FREE template to help your students practise their Place Value skills. This simple Place Value Folder is a great addition to your Guided Math lessons as a self paced, differentiated  Math rotation. Students will practice connecting number names, numerals and place value as well as expanded notation in a fun motivating dice game. Add this great idea to your collection of teacher worksheets!

Place Value Folder


Saying BIG Numbers

Saying big numbers can be difficult for kids, especially numbers with 5 or more digits. Students who find saying big numbers difficult may not understand that numbers are said in groups or ‘families’ of three; ones, thousands and millions and that the comma or space in numbers represent a place value word.  They become confused  because they don’t understand how the ‘families’ of numbers work,  or how to say these numbers out loud.

You probably have these students in you classroom, they are the ones that will say big numbers in a string, “seven, one, three, two, six, five” instead of seven hundred and thirteen thousand two hundred and sixty five.  Help your students become confident at saying big numbers with this cool trick! Scroll to the end of the post for your FREE printables for teaching numeracy.

How To Read Big Numbers Free Posters



  • Do your students Fear Fractions? Do you use commercial Fraction Mats To Teach Fractions? Well  here’s why you should STOP using them! Find out how commercial Fraction Mats are confusing your students! There are so many resources and hands-on manipulatives to help students learn  fractions, but do you find that your students still ‘don’t get it’, even when using ‘Hands-On’ teaching aids? Check out the student made Fraction Mat!

Teaching Fractions



  • Creating programs for Teaching algebra is a difficult component of teaching numeracy, and planning usually focusses on simple patterning activities & “What comes next?” tasks. Follow these Top 5 Tips for teaching algebra. Use these tips in your programs to get results for your students! Download Your free printable at the end of the post!

Teaching Algebra


  • Teaching Multiplication and learning multiplication facts can be a difficult part of teaching numeracy.  Fortunately, there are a range of simple, effective strategies that we can use to help us teach the multiplication facts so that every student can be successful! Teaching Multiplication strategies empowers students to solve problems and carry out calculations with confidence and understanding. Although memorization of number facts is desirable, it should not be the only teaching strategy, and students need to be taught strategies to use for when the memory fails! Take a Look At our Videos & Activities and get results!

Teaching Multiplication


Measurement Moderation Process

  • Measurement moderation is an important part of teaching numeracy. It is a process where teachers compare judgements to either confirm or adjust them. The moderation process involves a number of steps and close collaboration to establish a shared understanding of what different achievement grades (A -E)  looks like and whether or not the student has demonstrated achievement at A, B, C, D,or E grade. The process is invaluable as it allows teachers to work towards making judgements that are consistent and comparable to ensure accurate reporting grades.

Moderation Task Free Printable

Non- Standard Measurement

Teaching Non-Standard measurement helps students learn how to measure. Unfortunately non-standard measurement is a concept can either be taught badly or missed out  altogether because teachers do not really understand what it is or why they are teaching it. Sadly non-standard measurement lessons often become counting lessons rather than a lesson about how to measure.  It is an important foundation and  precursor to ‘REAL MEASUREMENT‘ and it appears in the Australian Curriculum in the Foundation Years, Year 1 & Year 2. Download our free Measurement Cheat Sheet to learn more about it when teaching numeracy.


Measurement Curriculum Cheat Sheet

Teaching Maths Videos

Take a look at our professional learning videos. These videos will help you teach key maths concepts to your students. Here you will find videos for teaching multiplication, repeated addition, problem solving and more…

Teaching Numeracy Videos


Teaching Number Sense

Teaching Number Sense is a key component to any maths program and when teaching numeracy, teachers should be aware that student achievement levels are directly linked to number sense. Take a look at these activities and ideas for your classroom.

Math Anxiety Questionnaire

Math anxiety  is real especially for people who hate math. Students and adults can fear math so much that they become mentally stressed and even traumatised at the that they refuse to actively participate in maths lessons.Use this math anxiety survey to help you support your students when teaching numeracy.

Math anxiety questionnaire


Using Newmans Prompts To Skyrocket Problem Solving Skills in Math!

  • Try Using Newmans prompts to help your kids become confident at solving math problems These 5 steps will skyrocket your students problem solving success!

Newmans prompts


This is a collection of resources for teachers, assistants and home schoolers to help with planning, assessing and teaching numeracy concepts. Use these resources and videos when working on all areas of math from, number sense, measuring and fractions to name a few! See free printables and free math games on our website! #teacherfreebie #classroomFreebies #teaching #australian #teachingmath