What is Numeracy?

Numeracy is the ability to reason with numbers in order to solve problems. It is vital in interpreting and processing information and making decisions based on logical thinking, both in the classroom and in real life.

What are we doing to develop numeracy skills?

Teachers at Nightingale Academy use every relevant subject to develop students’ mathematical fluency. Confidence in numeracy is a precondition of success across the national curriculum.

Teachers will develop students’ numeracy in all subjects so that they understand and appreciate the importance and relevance of Numeracy.

Students will be taught to apply arithmetic fluently to problems, understand and use measures, make estimates and check their work. Students will apply their geometric and algebraic understanding, and relate their understanding of probability to the notions of risk and uncertainty. They will also understand the cycle of collecting, presenting and analysing data. They will also be taught to apply their numeracy skills to both routine and non-routine problems, including breaking down more complex problems into a series of simpler steps.

At KS3, Accelerated Maths is used in Maths lessons and Tutor Time to ensure rapid progress in Numeracy and Mathematics. Students take a Star Maths Test every half term and this gives us an indication of the student’s current National Curriculum Level.

To facilitate numeracy, as well as developing mathematical fluency in subjects, there is a tutor based programme of numeracy activities which involves students solving problems and puzzles individually and as part of a team.