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Numeracy Strategy

Numeracy is a proficiency that involves confidence and competence with numbers and measures.  It requires an understanding of the number system, a repertoire of computational skills and an inclination and ability to solve number problems in a variety of contexts.  Numeracy also demands a practical understanding of the ways in which information is gathered by counting and measuring, and is presented in graphs, diagrams, charts and tables. 

(Framework for Teaching Mathematics – years 7 to 9 – DfES)

Aims of the Kingsmead Numeracy policy 

  • To raise the profile of numeracy across the school.
  • To support the transfer of pupils’ knowledge, skills and understanding between subjects by ensuring consistency of practice including methods, vocabulary and notation. 
  • Make numeracy teaching an overt part of every curriculum area where it naturally arises. 

Department of Mathematics

  • Create a positive and attractive environment which celebrates numeracy.
  • To ensure pupils meet the expectations of a year 6 pupil when they enter in year 7 and meet or exceed the expectations of a year 9 pupil when they complete KS3. 
  • Run the Times Tables Rock Star​s programme in Year 7-9 (and in other year groups where​   necessary) to improve pupils’ speed and accuracy in recalling their times tables, an essential skill to free up working memory to solve other problems. 
  • Practice numeracy skills in lessons each week.
  • Identify pupils who require additional support to learn their times tables effectively
  • Seek opportunities to use topics and examination questions from other subjects in mathematics lessons. 
  • Be aware of the mathematical techniques used in other subjects and provide guidance and training to other departments so that a sound, coherent and consistent approach is used in all subjects, using preferred methods. 
  • Provide information about common misconceptions and errors which may occur during teaching of specific topics.
  • Provide guidance to other departments on what numeracy skills pupils are expected to have acquired by any given stage, so that teachers know whether a skill needs teaching for the first time or reinforcing. For example, Science teachers will need to teach graph skills in Year 7 as this is not addressed in Mathematics until Year 9. 


What you can do to help

  • Practice telling the time on an analogue clock with your child
  • Help them to practice times tables on Times tables Rockstars
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