Miss Warhurst

What is Numeracy?

Numeracy is a proficiency, which is developed mainly in Mathematics, but also in other subjects. It is more than an ability to do basic arithmetic. It involves developing confidence and competence with numbers and measures.

It requires understanding of the number system, a repertoire of Mathematical techniques, and an inclination and ability to solve quantitative or spatial problems in a range of contexts. Numeracy also demands understanding of the ways in which data are gathered by counting and measuring, and presented in graphs, diagrams, charts and tables. (Framework for Teaching Mathematics - Yrs 7 to 9 - DfES)

Numeracy Date

Numeracy Date is used in every classroom, every lesson of the day. Staff display the date in a numerical format and pupils have to work out the date


Numeracy Weeks are planned where a common theme is used across the school. All subjects ensure that Numeracy and the theme is used within their lessons. Last year we had Brazil week, below is an outline of each faculties' involvement.

D & T
Possible ideas:
 Create Brazilian merchandise
Numeracy Link: Find the cost of making the product or the profit

Possible ideas:
World cup football
Numeracy Link: Angles to kick the ball, heart monitors

Possible ideas: Impact on the environment, deforestation
Numeracy Link: Comparing numbers

Possible ideas: Investigating the cost of a holiday to Brazil
Numeracy Link: Analysing data (healthy eating- nutritional/physical activity- biological), cost

Possible ideas: Presentation about why to take a holiday to Brazil
Numeracy Link: Cost that will be involved

Possible ideas: Research information about Brazil
Numeracy Link: Research costs of items and salaries

Possible ideas: Looking at the difference between Portuguese and Spanish
Numeracy Link: Telling time, numbers key maths word

Possible ideas: History of Brazil‘s economy
Numeracy Link: Economy

Possible ideas: Climate, environmental issues
Numeracy Link: Comparing numbers, drawing graphs

Possible ideas: Brazilian art
Numeracy Link: Scale drawings

Possible ideas: Enactment of Rio carnival
Numeracy Link: Cost of the Rio carnival

Possible ideas: Samba, Rio carnival
Numeracy Link: Beats of Samba music

Possible ideas: Differences in social economics
Numeracy Link: Comparing numbers

Possible ideas: Questions about Brazil, pupils to find the answers during the week
Numeracy Link: Pupils encouraged to incorporate numeracy


Each week a POW (Puzzle of the Week) WOW (Word of the Week) is given to pupils. Pupils have to define the word of the week and then use the associated scrabble numbers to complete different numerical tasks, such as, find the mean averages or find the sum of the squares of each scrabble piece used in this week’s WOW.

Numeracy Techniques

Winifred Holtby Academy has produced this booklet to enable staff and family members to assist pupils with homework or classwork which involves numeracy, regardless of the actual subject.

There are many different techniques used to find solutions to numeracy questions and this booklet has been produced to inform staff members and parents how each topic is taught within the Maths Department at the Academy. Thus giving pupils consistency of the approach they use to solve numerical problems, which should make it easier for pupils to learn. However, if a pupil finds these suggested methods difficult, other methods can be shown to pupils.

It is hoped that the use of the information in the booklet will help you understand the way number topics are being taught to pupils in the Academy, making it easier for you to help them with their numeracy in all lessons and homework, and as a result improve their progress.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.