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Numeracy Policy

Guidance on writing a whole school Numeracy Policy

It is intended that this document will provide information and guidelines for a uniform approach to numeracy across the whole curriculum.  It is not intended to be a prescription for teaching although some advice is given. Customise the policy to make it appropriate for your school

Cross Curricular - Maths

The Mathematics department could:

  • Set up a working party to consider cross-curricular issues including numeracy across the curriculum.
  • Develop a bank of oral and mental activities/games, which could be used in tutor periods.
  • Offer some  InSET from the mathematics department on the teaching of more difficult mathematical topics, eg ratio and proportion
  • Have posters explaining mathematical methods and appropriate vocabulary lists on display in subject areas
  • Develop a whole school calculator policy
  • Provide training for teacher assistants
Important points to consider:

Taken from the Guide to the Framework Mathematics Across the Curriculum

  • The use of mental and informal written methods, especially with lower attaining pupils
  • The expectation that pupils should add and subtract pairs of two-digit numbers mentally
  • How and when calculators should be used

Besides the approach to calculation, you need to agree across departments:

  • The use of units
  • The mathematical notation and terms to be used
  • Algebraic and other mathematical techniques, such as how algebraic expressions are to be simplified or how equations are to be solved
  • How graphs are to be represented
  • How and when ICT resources such as graph plotters or graphical calculators will be used to support mathematics

Taken from the Management Guide - Making things happen in practice

The training is the first step: making it happen in all departments is trickier. Like most pilot schools, we found cross-curricular training to be popular. Most staff were prepared to act on the key ideas. We tried to give the cross-curricular work the best chance of success by asking three things:

  • All departments were to act on a small number of priorities that were easy to remember and highly relevant to the school
  • All departments were to incorporate the agreed priority cross-curricular elements into their teaching plans
  • Every member of staff was to try to do specific actions, eg introduce a new teaching technique recommended in the training
  • Aim for Numeracy references to be incorporated into other subject schemes of work and lesson plans

for example drawing a pie chart showing the nutritional components of milk in food technology

  • Use data obtained in other subject areas for students to analyse in mathematics lessons.
  • Introduce some cross-curricular projects

for example designing a gift box in mathematics to be constructed in technology

  • Set up two-way lesson observations between mathematics and other subject areas
  • Joint planning/teaching across subjects