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)


Arrows around the Academy

At Winifred Holtby we ensure that pupils use and understand the importance of numeracy in everyday life. One area in which we use numeracy regularly is within distance.

We have placed over 50 arrows around the academy which show pupils how to convert between centimetres, metres and kilometres or convert between speed, distance and time, with the hope is that pupils will then recognise how to convert between these measurements. There is also a weekly tutor challenge attached to this, where pupils have to convert an arrow themselves each week within their planners. 

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