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 Stars 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