The basics to support you in Maths, other subjects that require you to be numerate, day to day life and future careers. How Is Numeracy Different to Maths? Mathematics covers six key areas; 1) Number 2) Algebra 3) Ratio, Proportion & Rates of change 4) Geometry and Measures 5) Probability 6)Statistics. Within these areas there are numerous topics that must be covered within Maths lessons. Often in Maths these topics will only be covered once or twice a year and therefore students can sometimes start to forget them over time. Numeracy aims to identify the most important skills that a student must have when they leave school and proactively ensure that these skills are not only understood for the lesson in which they are taught, but throughout a child’s school life and beyond. Why is it important? Being numerate is one of the most important skills a child must have when they leave school. Employers up and down the country are asking schools to do more to ensure that when students leave school they are competent in core numeracy skills. Abbey Grange has taken steps to support this drive by putting in place a Numeracy Progress Leader. The Numeracy Progress Leader at Abbey Grange is in place to identify the core skills that employers are looking for and to drive the whole school toward ensuring that students leave school competent in these areas. The core skills that have been identified are as follows: Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division, Understanding and Using Money, Telling the Time, Adding and Subtracting Decimals, Rounding Numbers, Finding Percentages of Quantities, Changing Fractions – Decimals – Percentages, Dividing Quantities by Ratios, Proportion, Measuring and Weighing, Reading Scales, Calculating Area and Perimeter, Knowing the names of Shapes, Reading and understanding Pie Charts, Bar Charts and Line Graphs. These twenty core skills have been identified due to their importance in both everyday life and within a work environment. It is the aim of Abbey Grange to ensure that all students are competent in the use of these skills by the end of year 11. How will we achieve our goals? Abbey Grange has already begun to put steps in place to support students to achieve these core skills. We have: Mathematics lessons contain problem solving, reasoning and fluency which enables students to gain a deeper understanding of interlinked topics. Given students access in form time to Numeracy, Literacy or STEM activities every week. The Numeracy activities are linked to a ‘Mathematical Area’ or real life Numeracy using ‘Go Figure: The Week in Numbers’. Identified some of the weakest students through regular topic tests and provided intervention materials. Created links with all subject areas to allow the regular use of Numeracy. Held a parents information evening for new year seven parents. Begun to actively promote numeracy across the school through competitions and challenges. How can I help my child with their Numeracy? There are many ways that you can help your child with their numeracy skills. Print off the core skills list and have it in your home – look for opportunities to use the skills e.g. adding up your shopping bill, working out percentage savings, measuring out weights etc. Print off the 2012/13 home support booklet and get your child to complete a few pages each week. Ask your child to logon to the school learning platform and complete exercises from the online software; Numeracy Workout, MyMaths and Sumdog. Check how well they performed in the Core Skills Test (completed in December and July) and target your help to those areas that they did not perform well in. Encourage your child to talk to his / her teacher when there is a topic that they do not fully understand.
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