‘The essence of mathematics is not to make simple things complicated, but to make complicated things simple.’

Stanley Gudder, Professor of Mathematics

What is Numeracy?

Numeracy is a proficiency, which is developed mainly in mathematics but also in other subjects. It is more than an ability to do basic arithmetic. It involves developing confidence and competence with numbers and measures. It requires understanding of the number system, a repertoire of mathematical techniques, and an ability to solve quantitative or spatial problems in a range of contexts. Numeracy also demands understanding of the ways in which data are gathered by counting and measuring, and presented in graphs, diagrams, charts and tables.

Why is Numeracy important?

Everyone needs to be numerate to maximise their life chances and to make a positive contribution to society.

At St Clere’s we want every student to reach a level of numeracy that allows them to follow the career or further education path of their choice when they leave us. We want them to reach a level of numeracy that enables them to realise their full potential in their personal and social life too.

Students experience numeracy at St Clere’s in a range of subjects, not just maths. From weighing ingredients in Food and Cookery, to calculating average times in PE, all subjects aim to give students a grounding in numeracy.

St Clere’s Numeracy Policy

Mathematics teaches us how to make sense of the world around us through developing a child’s ability to calculate, reason and solve problems. It enables children to understand and appreciate relationships and pattern in both number and space in their everyday lives.

Our Numeracy Policy has been developed to inform both teachers and parents about strategies used for teaching key topics within the Mathematics Department.

Other departments and schools within the St Clere’s Trust use this policy to understand how topics are taught in Mathematics, meaning that the teaching of topics is more uniform and thus makes students’ learning easier.

It is hoped that the use of the information provided in the link below will help you understand the way a number of key topics are taught to your children, making it easier for you to support them with their homework and, as a result, improve their progress.

Link: Guide to Numeracy

For questions on Numeracy at St Clere’s, please contact:

Mr Rehman (Head of Mathematics)