Outwood Academy City is committed to raising the standards of numeracy of all of its students; we want our pupils to be confident and capable in the use of numeracy to support their learning in all areas of the curriculum and to acquire the skills necessary to help achieve success in further education, employment and adult life.
“Mathematical literacy is an individual’s capacity to identify and understand the role that mathematics plays in the world, to make well-founded judgements and to use and engage with mathematics in ways that meet the needs of that individual’s life as a constructive, concerned and reflective citizen.” PISA
Students at Outwood Academy City should:
- have a sense of the size of a number and where it fits into the number system;
- know by heart number facts such as number bonds, multiplication tables, doubles and halves;
- use what they know by heart to work out answers mentally;
- calculate accurately and efficiently, both mentally and with pencil and paper, drawing on a range of calculation strategies;
- recognise when it is appropriate to use a calculator, and be able to do so effectively;
- make sense of number problems, including non-routine problems, and recognise the operations needed to solve them;
- explain their methods and reasoning using correct mathematical terms;
- judge whether their answers are reasonable and have strategies for checking them where necessary;
- suggest suitable units for measuring, and make sensible estimates of measurements; and
- explain and make predictions from the numbers in graphs, diagrams, charts and tables.
Numeracy support strategies at Outwood Academy City include:
- ensuring that Schemes of Work across the curriculum identify topics/areas requiring numeracy skills and guidance is provided to staff concerning approaches to this within their subject;
- the continuous professional development of Teaching Assistants across the curriculum;
- the use of the Numeracy Ninja programme to develop skills within core maths lesson and to also identify students needing additional support;
- numeracy Schemes of Work for identified students within core maths lessons;
- weekly numeracy VMG sessions for all students, involving problem-solving skills and challenges;
- lunchtime numeracy challenges for students;
- a student voice mentoring programme for key students needing to grasp key numeracy concepts;and
- the involvement of students in the NSPCC Number Day.
Parents can help support with numeracy:
- by helping your child feel positive about maths is really important and it’s something every parent can do.
- recognising that numeracy is everywhere – pointing this out helps students understand the importance of maths, and enjoy it too.
The National Numeracy website suggests practical ways for parents to help their children.