Numeracy is the application of number and problem solving skills to everyday life situations. Being numerate involves having the skills as well the confidence to reason with numbers and other mathematical concepts and apply these concepts to solve a variety of problems. Numeracy is as much about having the ability to apply logic and problem solve as it is working out calculations and sums!
At Mary Immaculate we are committed to ensuring Numeracy is a consistent feature across our curriculum and that students have the opportunities to apply their numerical skills in a variety of subjects and different situations. Through our curriculum we aim to assist pupils in developing their transferable mathematical skills and we help students to discover that numeracy is not solely applicable in maths, it is embedded across the school and in everyday life.
Top Tips to help improve your child’s numeracy:
1. Be positive about maths. Help your child realise they can do it, it just may take a bit of practise!
2. Point out the maths in everyday life. Include your child in activities involving numbers and measuring, such as shopping, cooking and travelling.
3. Help with homework – ensure your child is in a quiet place where they can concentrate and try and work through problems together.
4. Do a little bit everyday! More than most other subjects, you have to be active, doing, solving, making connections, learning. It’s the only way to build skill and understanding and practise makes perfect!
5. If you are unsure there are loads of websites out there to help you! Our favourites at Mary Immaculate are:
We also have support packs for year 7, 8 and 9 which outline all the skills that your child will be expected to know and which provide opportunities for practise.