What’s the difference between maths and numeracy?

What's the difference between maths and numeracy? Ninja Maths

Maths (or Math in some regions) and Numeracy are often used interchangeably, but there’s a subtle difference between the two. Here’s how they differ…

Maths: The Deep Dive


Maths delves deeper into the theoretical and abstract concepts of numbers, shapes, patterns, and relationships. It explores these concepts in a more rigorous way, involving proofs, formulas, and complex problem-solving techniques.

Think of it as…

Imagine maths as a vast library filled with different branches of mathematics like algebra, trigonometry, calculus, and statistics. Each section offers a deeper understanding of a specific area of maths.

Numeracy: Applying the Basics


Numeracy emphasises the practical application of mathematical skills in everyday life. It involves using basic arithmetic operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) to solve problems encountered in daily routines, finances, or even cooking! For example, if a pizza has eight slices, we have three pizzas and there are six of us, how many slices should we each receive?

Think of it as…

Imagine numeracy as a toolbox containing essential mathematical tools like counting, measuring, estimating, and interpreting data. You can use these tools to tackle various situations that require basic math skills.

Here’s an analogy

Think of building a house. Maths is like the architectural blueprint, outlining the complex calculations and underlying principles that ensure the house is structurally sound. Numeracy, on the other hand, is like the tools and techniques a builder uses to construct the house using the blueprint (maths) as a guide.

How Ninja Maths Can Help with Both

Ninja Maths understands the importance of both aspects.

Build a strong foundation in numeracy

We focus on developing core arithmetic skills like counting, adding, subtracting, and multiplying, ensuring students are confident with the practical application of math.

Introduce elements of early maths

As students progress, we introduce them to basic concepts like shapes, patterns, and simple problem-solving, laying the groundwork for future exploration of maths.

In Conclusion

Both maths and numeracy are crucial for success in school and life. Ninja Maths helps students develop a strong foundation in numeracy while introducing them to the exciting world of maths, preparing them for future academic endeavours.

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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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