"Numeracy is a proficiency that involves confidence and competence with numbers and measures. It requires an understanding of the number system, a repertoire of computational skills and an inclination and ability to solve number problems in a variety of contexts. Numeracy also demands practical understanding of the ways in which information is gathered by counting and measuring, and is presented in graphs, diagrams, charts and tables."
National Framework for teaching Mathematics
Mathematical skills can be consolidated and enhanced when students have opportunities to apply and develop them across the curriculum. Numeracy is a key skill in students' learning and all students are entitled to quality experiences in this area. The teaching of numeracy is the responsibility of all staff. Curriculum areas will endeavour to ensure that materials presented to students will match their capability both in subject content and in numerical demands. They will liaise with the Mathematics department when appropriate in order to support their teaching of numeracy.
All teachers should consider students' ability to cope with the numerical demands of everyday life and provide opportunities for students to:
- Interpret data, charts and diagrams
- Process information
- Solve problems
- Check answers
- Understand and explain solutions
- Make decisions based on logical thinking and reasoning.
Useful Information for Parents
Support and encourage the development of your child’s Numeracy.
Support the school in the implementation of whole school expectations of numeracy skills in order to maximise the potential of your child and therefore all learners.
Familiarise yourselves with the Numeracy skills expected of your child and support the learning of your child at home.
Some external useful websites to support numeracy are:
- BBC Skillwise www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/maths aimed at: key stages 3 and 4, a fantastic website from the BBC which is aimed at bringing you up to speed with all the key kills that students need to succeed at maths today.
- Nrich www.nrich.maths.org aimed at all key stages. If your child can do a few puzzles a week off this site, it will do them a lot more good than reading over the textbook again and again ever will. These puzzles teach children how to think and solve problems for themselves, which are essential skills for success at maths and all subjects. Each puzzle comes complete with a worked answer and details of the thought processes involved.
- Maths Mistakes www.mathsmistakes.org aimed at all key stages. Lots of mistakes made by real students, which can form the basis of a useful discussion of a topic, and hopefully ensure your child does not make the same mistakes.
Useful Information for Students
Use your exercise book whenever necessary to support your strategies when solving a problem, or to make notes of a problem that you need further assistance with.
Attempt to use key words learnt in mathematics lessons to support your learning in other subjects.
Encourage parental involvement by sharing the work done daily in school and emphasising where numerical skills have been used.