Numeracy in The Coseley School

Numeracy Policy

Numeracy across the Curriculum Handbook


We want everyone in The Coseley School to reach a level of numeracy that allows them to follow the career or further education path of their choice when they leave school.

We want them to reach a level of numeracy that enables them to realise their full potential in their personal and social life too.

A current definition of 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 across the curriculum

We intend that all of our pupils should:

Have a sense of the size of a number and where it fits into the number system.

Be able to use strategies successfully to solve number related problems mentally.

Apply an appropriate method to help solve a problem, e.g. mental, oral and written methods.

Make sense of number problems and identify and use the required operations to solve them.

Restrict their reliance on using a calculator and use them only when it is appropriate to do so.

Develop their skills in estimation and approximation and have strategies for checkinq the reasonableness of their answers.

Be able to explain their methods and reasoning using consistent language and mathematical terminology.

Be able to make and use sensible estimates of a range of measures in everyday situations.

Be able to interpret, explain and make predictions from information given in graphs, charts and tables.

Improve their general problem solving skills.

What are we doing to implement numeracy across the curriculum.

Year 7 and 8 have differentiated ICT based numeracy activities as part of their tutor time.

Year 9, 10 and 11 have a numeracy based project to complete during tutor time.

Pupils in Year 7, 8 and 9 who need support in developing numeracy techniques have timetabled numeracy lessons.

Whole school competitions are held at least every half term.

We are developing a common approach to numeracy within all of the subjects.

All curriculum areas have a designated Mathematics teacher to help deliver numeracy skills in a consistent manner across the department.

Local and national competitions and events are entered when appropriate.


What can parents do to help.

Help your child to develop a resilience to numeracy problems.  Encourage them to solve the problem and do not let them give up.

Get them estimating.  This could be…… How much do you think the shopping is going to cost?  What do you think the distance is from here to nan/granddads house? How much milk do you think is left in the bottle?

Encourage them do mental calculations rather than reaching for the calculator.

Attend numeracy workshops.

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