Are numeracy and mathematics the same?

Are numeracy and mathematics the same? Ninja Maths

From counting toys to figuring out how much pizza to order, using numbers is a big part of daily life. But there’s a difference between how we use numbers in everyday situations and how we delve deeper into the world of maths.

Here’s a breakdown of numeracy and maths, keeping in mind the UK Maths Curriculum for Key Stage 1 (Years 1 & 2):

Numeracy: Your Everyday Maths Toolkit

Are numeracy and mathematics the same? Ninja Maths

Imagine numeracy as your handy toolbox filled with essential tools for using numbers in everyday situations. These tools include:


The foundation of everything! Counting toys, friends, or stairs helps you understand quantities and compare them (more, less, the same).

Basic Arithmetic

Adding sweets you share with a friend, subtracting those you eat, or knowing how many slices of cake to cut for everyone – these everyday problems involve addition, subtraction, and sometimes, simple multiplication.


Estimating the length of your jump rope or comparing the height of toy blocks helps develop an understanding of measurement concepts.


Reading clocks, understanding weather charts, or following a recipe all involve interpreting information presented with numbers.

The UK Curriculum

The UK Maths Curriculum for Key Stage 1 focuses on building these numeracy skills, which are essential for navigating everyday life with confidence.

Ninja Maths: Diving Deeper into the Numbers

Are numeracy and mathematics the same? Ninja Maths

Maths is like exploring a vast and exciting world beyond everyday applications. It delves deeper into the theoretical and abstract concepts behind numbers, shapes, patterns, and relationships. Here’s what you might encounter:

Complex Calculations

Maths introduces formulas and equations that allow you to solve more challenging problems, like figuring out the area of a playground or calculating the volume of water needed to fill a swimming pool.

Proof and Reasoning

Maths goes beyond just getting the answer right. It teaches you how to prove why your answer is correct, using logic and reasoning.

Advanced Concepts

As you progress in maths, you’ll encounter exciting areas like algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and statistics, each unlocking new ways of thinking about numbers and the world around you.

Ninja Maths: Building a Strong Foundation in Both

At Ninja Maths, we understand the importance of both numeracy and maths. Our worksheets for Key Stage 1 (Years 1 & 2) are designed to:

Solidify Numeracy Skills

We focus on developing core arithmetic skills like counting, adding, subtracting, and multiplying, ensuring you’re confident with using numbers in everyday situations.

Introduce Early Maths Concepts

As you progress, we introduce you to basic shapes, patterns, and simple problem-solving, sparking your curiosity and laying the groundwork for future exploration of maths.

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International Equivalence

English Year 4 for school ages 8-9 equates to:

USA Grade 3
Australia Year 3
Republic of Ireland Third Class
South Korea Grade 3
India Grade 3
Japan Grade 3
China Grade 3
Germany Grade 3
New Zealand Year 4
Wales Year 4
Netherlands Group 5
Scotland P5

English Year 5 for school ages 9-10 equates to:

USA Grade 4
Australia Year 4
Republic of Ireland Fourth Class
South Korea Grade 4
India Grade 4
Japan Grade 4
China Grade 4
Germany Grade 4
New Zealand Year 5
Wales Year 5
Netherlands Group 6
Scotland P6

English Year 6 for school ages 10-11 equates to:

USA Grade 5
Australia Year 5
Republic of Ireland Fifth Class
South Korea Grade 5
India Grade 5
Japan Grade 5
China Grade 5
Germany Grade 5
New Zealand Year 6
Wales Year 6
Netherlands Group 7
Scotland P7

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