Supporting Maths



Children struggle in maths for many reasons.  It could be that their difficulties are part of the learning process or due to a specific learning difference, like dyscalculia. 

Dyscalculia is a condition that affects the ability to acquire arithmetical skills. Dyscalculic learners may have difficulty understanding simple number concepts, lack an intuitive grasp of numbers, and have problems learning number facts and procedures. Even if they produce a correct answer or use a correct method, they may do so mechanically and without confidence (The National Numeracy Strategy (DfES, 2001))

Less is known about dyscalculia than dyslexia but it is estimated that dyscalculia is likely to occur in 3% – 6% of the population.  Signs of dyscalculia within different age groups can be found at

A video to tell you you some information about dyscalculia can be found at 

Someone with dyscalculia may have difficulties in:-

  • Counting backwards
  • Estimating and number sense
  • Remembering basic facts
  • Understanding place value
  • Have weak mental arithmetic skills
  • Have no idea in their answer is right or wrong- or nearly right.
  • Have high levels of anxieties towards mathematical activities.



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For tips on how to support someone with dyscalculia see  and the information on the tabs to the right of this page.


Online resources can also be found at:- 

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This website has been created by Carole Vorderman and Pearson.  Carole teaches key concepts through a range of videos and develops confidence and knowledge through encouragement and a range of practice sessions.  During the Covid-19 lockdown Pearson have made this resource FREE to everyone (usually around £2 per week).