Here at Maiden Erlegh School we consider numeracy to be a key skill which allows our students to achieve success in further education, employment and adult life. Teachers of all subjects at Maiden Erlegh give students the opportunity to develop their numeracy skills and use these to support their learning in all of their lessons.
But what do we actually mean by Numeracy?
Numeracy doesn’t mean working out mysterious equations, or doing unnecessary long sums. Neither does it mean that we are sandwiching in parts of the Mathematics curriculum in other subjects. We aren’t suggesting students should be adding up random numbers all day for the sake of it.
Numeracy means teaching the type of skills we use in everyday life (perhaps without realising it!). It is basic mathematics in real-life situations. It means giving our students the confidence and competence to work numerically in lots of different ways.
There are three areas in which we highlight the Numeracy across the Curriculum here at Maiden Erlegh:
- Breaking down a problem or task into smaller parts.
- Interpreting solutions in context of a problem.
- Making mental estimates.
- Choosing appropriate strategies.
- Identifying relevant information.
- Choosing tools and equipment.
- Identifying structures.
- Being systematic.
- Searching for patterns.
- Developing logical thinking.
- Predicting and checking.
- Identifying information needed.
You can help to develop the students’ numeracy skills at home easily; be positive about numeracy and encourage students to use and identify the numeracy in everyday life (for example: shopping and using money, looking at statistics, graphs and charts in newspapers or on TV, seeing patterns in nature, thinking logically about problems). You can also ask students where they have been using Numeracy at school outside of their mathematics lessons – can they identify when they have needed their skills?