Mathematics lessons aim to make children feel at ease with numbers, excite them about learning mathematics skills, and build their confidence through challenging, level-appropriate games and activities.
Lessons focus on building basic skills: number recognition, place value, problem solving, and basic operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division).
To help develop curiosity and comfort, mathematics classes use tangible, familiar, and easily available objects such as sticks and paper money to lay the basic foundations. Instructors use word problems based on common daily tasks to help children recognise how mathematics is connected to their everyday lives. Once children can sense the value and relevance of mathematics, they usually begin to enjoy solving problems.
TaRL mathematics levels differ depending on context. The levels described below are based on the Number Recognition part of the assessment. In contexts where there is large variation at the Number Recognition level, this might be a helpful method of grouping.