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 and recap their numerical skills in a range of subjects and different situations.

Through our curriculum we aim to assist pupils in developing their transferable mathematical skills whilst helping 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 pupil’s numeracy:

  1. Be positive about maths. Help your pupil realise they can do it! The harder YOU try, the better YOU will get.
  2. Engage with homework – ensure your pupil is in a quiet place where they can concentrate and try and work through problems together. Use the numerous interactive and tutorial style resources we highlight below. Pupils have fortnightly Numeracy Homeworks, links to these are available through the ShowMyHomework app.
  3. Do a little bit and often! 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. If you are after something to do in preparation for the annual Numeracy Procedural and Reasoning tests below are copies of Sample Materials provided by the Welsh Government.

Sample Material

  1. If you are unsure of how to help yourself there are a huge range of websites out there to help you!

We have collated a number of brilliant videos aligned to the LNF, which members of staff use in school to ensure consistency across the curriculum! These can be found on our Mary Immaculate High School Numeracy Microsoft Sway pages, access can be gained below or through the MIHS app.

Number Skills:

Measuring Skills:

Data Skills:

Our favourites at Mary Immaculate are:

Maths Spying


An interactive resource that covers the content within the ‘National Numeracy Framework’. It contains animated scribes that explain how to tackle and answer a question – with downloadable worksheets supporting KS2 and KS3 learners. These tutorial style videos are used in school to ensure consistency in methods, so if you are unsure these are a great place to turn to!

The resource contains animated clips that explain how to tackle and answer a question. The animations include a visual example of the mathematical skill together with a voice over.

Great for independent home learning to support Numeracy topics covered in school. Use the resource on a PC, tablet or smartphone.

PiXL Maths App

A brilliant app provided by PiXL that allows students to progress through grades/levels on Maths topics. Also has “Therapy PowerPoints” and “Therapy Videos” attached to each group of questions. All Mary Immaculate pupils have personal log in details for this app.

Their daily challenges are also very useful if you are looking for something for your pupil to undertake little but regular Maths practice.

Log in example: (Name: Mister Hardee)





A free and rich resource that provides everything from tutorial videos to textbook style worksheets, many of which have answers provided for quick and accurate self-assessment.


Online homework system bought into by the Maths department. Pupils have log in details and regularly have homework and classwork set on this system. Pupils can watch tutorial videos and then answer questions that have the added feature of instant feedback, through self-marking.

Log in example: (Name: Mister Hardee)



  1. Ensure your pupil knows their Timestables (multiplication tables).

PiXL Times Tables App ( )

A new App, again provided by PiXL, that allows students to practice and develop their times tables outside of class. A number of different options encourages pupils to use it regularly.

  1. Stay informed. This link provides an overview about the Reading and Numeracy tests that take place annually in Wales.
  2. The GCSE Numeracy style provides pupils with the added challenge of obtaining the correct information from a more complex and text heavy question. At Mary Immaculate we encourage the use of RUDE MAN to tackle these questions.

RUDE MAN is an acronym created from the skills we feel provide pupils with a good structure in choosing and gathering the correct information.

RUDE MAN stands for:

When using Rude Man, we encourage students to use the template below to scaffold their use of RUDE MAN.

I hope you found this information useful and will help you support the development of your pupils Numeracy skills.

If you have any questions regarding any of these resources or want to know a little bit more about the work we do at Mary Immaculate, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with myself at