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 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.
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.
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.