Numeracy is a proficiency that involves confidence and competence with numbers and measures. It requires an understanding of the number system, a repertoire of computational skills and an inclination and ability to solve number problems in a variety of contexts. Numeracy also demands practical understanding of the ways in which information is gathered by counting and measuring, and is presented in graphs, diagrams, charts and tables.
Students at Budmouth College are given numerous opportunities to apply and develop their numeracy and mathematical skills in many contexts across the curriculum. Research has shown that poor numeracy skills, in particular, hold back students’ progress, can lower their self-esteem and can potentially damage their longer term job prospects.
To improve numeracy skills is a whole-college matter at Budmouth. Each department has identified the numeracy and mathematical skills that are present in their subject. They have a designated numeracy coordinator who works with the Mathematics Numeracy Coordinator to ensure a consistent approach to learning numeracy is applied across the College.
- All teachers consider pupils' ability to cope with the numerical demands of everyday life and provide opportunities for students to: handle number and measurement competently, mentally, orally and in writing;
- use calculators accurately and appropriately;
- Interpret and use numerical and statistical data represented in a variety of forms.
Parents and carers are essential partners in developing their child’s numeracy and need to look for opportunities for drawing mathematical experience out of a wide range of children's activities. Mathematics contributes to many subjects in the curriculum, often in practical ways. Activities such as recording the growth of a plant or an animal, measuring temperature and rainfall, or investigating the cog wheels in a bicycle can provide data or starting points for discussion in mathematics as well as opportunities to apply and use mathematics in real contexts.
Mr M Cavill