Numeracy is taught using the National Curriculum strategy from England. Creative teaching is always important to generate enthusiasm. At BEPS we want to ensure that this is the case when Mathematics is being taught.
A systematic structure is used which enables us to teach a large number of different topics and objectives in the best order, allowing for the appropriate amount of repetition and ensuring that the whole curriculum is covered. Activities will be differentiated to match the needs of children with different abilities. Mathematical talk will be encouraged as through discussion children will relate ideas to their own experiences, embed their knowledge into real-life contexts and relate it to the rest of the curriculum.
Being numerate means being able to reason with numbers and other mathematical concepts and to apply these in a range of contexts and to solve a variety of problems, it is as much about thinking and reasoning logically as about ‘doing sums’. Children will be encouraged to solve problems, which may involve more than pure Mathematics.
Numeracy complements Literacy and is sometimes called ‘Mathematical Literacy’. Both skills are needed in order to function fully in modern life.
It means being able to:
- Interpret data, charts and diagrams
- Process information
- Solve problems
- Check answers
- Understand and explain solutions
- Make decisions based on logical thinking and reasoning.