WHAT IS NUMERACY?
Numeracy or ‘mathematical literacy’ is a life skill – vital for you to make informed decisions in your everyday life and vital for the UK to build a strong economy and compete globally…
Learning maths skills and developing our expertise enables us to respond positively and confidently to the opportunities and challenges of the rapidly changing world in which we live and work. For many at different times and for different reasons we will need to learn new numeracy skills in order to fulfil our roles as parents, workers and citizens with new work and leisure patterns and with the rapid expansion of communication technologies.
Being a learner of numeracy
Learning and developing numeracy skills is vital because they are important in many areas of life, such as:
- financial transactions, e.g. calculating the change you should get when you buy something; understanding the extra costs associated with loans
- measuring quantities, e.g. dispensing the right amount of drugs in a hospital; using weights and measures effectively in construction work
- comparing objects and information, e.g. calculating which product is better value according to its weight and price.
Numeracy is not just about calculations – you will use numeracy skills in every lesson! Anything that involves solving problems, organising your time, interpreting and commenting on information or making decisions is linked to numeracy. Think about all of your lessons this week; which numeracy skills have you used already?
There are a variety of numeracy based activities run throughout the year such as celebrating National Number Day by taking part in several fund raising activities for the NSPCC, Pi Day on 14th March every year and other opportunities to develop numeracy skills open to every pupil in school.
Our main aim to facilitate the links between numeracy skills across all your subjects, not just in your mathematics lessons. We are currently running a Numeracy Club every Wednesday led by our Numeracy Peer Mentors from Barrow Hall College. If you are not already involved and would like to join, please see Mrs Hay in the mathematics department.
In addition to our Numeracy Club, we also run regular activities in Maths Club, every Wednesday after school. We are currently working on the Jaguar Cars ‘Maths in Motion’ competition. This involves numeracy skills of measurement, risk assessment, estimation, calculation and problem solving, as well as using ICT skills in the design and test of your Formula 1 racing cars. Again, if you are interested in taking part please see Mrs Hay in the mathematics department.
There are several resources and tools currently being developed and being added that can be used by pupils and other stakeholders on this numeracy section of our school website. These tools and resources aim to help and support the development of numeracy skills outside the school environment. For further information please contact our Numeracy Coordinator, Mrs Hay.