At St Julian’s School we believe that all of our students should have the opportunity to improve and apply their literacy, numeracy and digital competency skills to deepen their subject knowledge and develop skills for life across all areas of the curriculum. This Numeracy Handbook has been designed to give guidance and help staff, students and parents/carers. It includes the numerical methods used by the Maths Department and throughout St. Julian’s. It is believed that by having consistent approaches to our numeracy skills it will be easier for our students to apply these skills across the curriculum and in turn make greater progress.
Whenever possible mental methods should be encouraged and the ability to use written methods checked. Students should ensure they always have their calculators with them to develop their confidence in using their calculator as well and using the correct calculator methods. Students should be encouraged to estimate their answers prior to completing their calculations reinforcing place value expectations and understanding.
The National agenda for Numeracy
Numeracy is an essential life skill and learners need to be able to apply this skill across the curriculum in different subject areas, and in real life contexts. It is also about identifying and applying numerical reasoning skills in order to solve a problem, and carrying out the numerical procedure which enable people to work out and show their solutions’.
Achieving the ambition in Wales
The ambition for numeracy in Wales will be achieved by ‘raising overall numeracy levels across Wales’ by ‘having robust and consistent standards of numeracy across Wales’ and ‘all teachers will be teachers of numeracy’.
(National Numeracy Programme—Welsh Government May 2012)
Whole School Skills Mission Statement
‘A school for all, where everyone succeeds’.
All of our learners should have the opportunity to improve and apply their literacy, numeracy and digital competency skills to deepen their subject knowledge and develop skills for life across all areas of the curriculum and beyond.