Kids Talk

22nd February 2013 at 00:00
Grace, Lewis and Lauren, P5, tell Julia Belgutay why they learn about numbers at school

Grace: Sometimes in your jobs you might have to use numbers to measure things, or if you work in a bank, you would need to add up.

Lewis: But you would need calculators to work in a bank, as well.

Lauren: If you were going to work in a bank or even if you were going to a bank, maybe if you were going to buy a car or something, you might need to be able to ask how much extra money you might need for petrol.

Lewis: Or if you were going to put up wallpaper, you'd need measuring and them sort of things.

Grace: Yeah, or if you were getting a kitchen done.

Lewis: And something placed, like a drain. You would need to measure the pipe. And when you are buying new trainers.

Grace: You need to measure your feet.

Lauren: The other day, my auntie asked me a question she was asked at her work - if my outstretched arm is the same length as my height. So we had to get our rulers out and try and measure my height. And it was.

Grace: My mum and dad work in a bank, so they are good with numbers.

Lewis: My dad works in a car garage. He is the manager. He needs to be good with numbers because they need to try to do an estimate of what they think the next deal should be, or should they bring it down completely and give it to everyone for that price, or do they just give it to that one guy.

Lauren: We don't use calculators a lot.

Grace: Because sometimes, you might forget all the things that you've learned in school.

Lewis: We only do it with problem solving.

Lauren: Or with a textbook page that is quite hard, like when we have to multiply really big numbers. You might use a calculator if you had to do something quickly.

Lewis: Like if you were working in a shop and there was a bundle of people and the cash desk weren't working, you would need a calculator then to do it really fast.

Lauren: I don't think my dad needs a lot of numbers in his job. He gets the measurements, he doesn't have to measure anything.

Lewis: I don't know if my mum works with numbers. She got a new job, so ...

Grace: If you were a language teacher, you wouldn't need numbers. If you were teaching French or Spanish.

Lewis: Or if you were one of them people trying to teach people who are deaf, who teach them the signs.

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