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What Is Numeracy?

Numeracy 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 wide range of contexts. Numeracy also demands understanding of the ways in which data is gathered by counting and measuring, and presented in graphs, diagrams, charts and tables.


How are Numeracy Skills Developed at Our Lady’s RC High School?

Across all subjects teachers are given tools to use numeracy within their subject area. This includes posters around their classrooms which are relevant to their curriculum. Years 7 and 8 develop their numerical abilities during lessons in addition to working on their national curriculum objectives. Students who are identified to be under national average at Key Stage 2 are invited to take part in extra numeracy sessions. They are given extra support in small groups during form time and after school. All classes develop the numerical fluency required for their particular objectives.


How Are Numeracy Skills Developed Through Extra-curricular Activities?

At Our Lady’s we understand that numeracy is essential both in terms of outcomes and pupils’ success for the future. Every year, the Pi challenge brings our students together in competition to enhance their knowledge of this important and interesting number. Year 7 have a Maths club dedicated to the students who are wanting to further themselves by developing higher level mathematics. Years 8 and 9 also have an advanced Maths club which is preparing them for additional qualifications at a later age.


How Can You Support Your Child In Developing Their Numeracy Skills?

The most crucial way that you can help is by ensuring that your child is able to recite their timetables up to 12x12 with ease, at home.  All students receive a Mathematical skills recap sheet as part of their homework each week. Ensuring your child has the space and time to complete this homework, check their answers and research methods to tackle each question is essential in ensuring your child leaves Our Lady’s with the best level of numeracy skills possible.  These weekly recap sheets will oftern have target questions highlighted by their teacher with some helpful advice.  Going through your child's assessment portfolio and addressing these targets is always incredibly useful.


If you have any further inquiries in regards to numeracy across the curriculum please contact Mrs S Haniak.