What is Numeracy?
Numeracy is the basic everyday arithmetic processes we all use. These processes include:
• Simple multiplications
• Simple division
• Simple weight and measure
• Money counting
• Telling time
• Basic statistical calculations
• Basic graphical drawing and interpretations
Our aim is to develop and build pupil confidence in using these every day skills and to help pupils to understand how these fundamental skills are applied across all their learning.
Curriculum for Excellence
Our Curriculum for Excellence aims to ensure that all pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they will need if they are to be successful in life, learning and work, now and in the future.
The Curriculum for Excellence recognises the importance of numeracy in learning and in life and promotes numeracy across all areas of the curriculum, enduring that children develop the necessary skills and the confidence to apply numeracy skills throughout their learning.
What Can You do to Help?
Parents and cares are the first teachers in their child’s learning, and have a key role to play in developing skills as children move through their education. They can do this by finding opportunities to practise numeracy skills and by listening and providing feedback as children explain their thinking.
Numeracy skills can also be developed outside school in many ways, including:
• weighing and timing, for example in cooking and baking, estimating and measuring quantities in DIY
• understanding and working with time; using timetables and calendars; working out costs and rates, e.g. hiring goods at an hourly rate
• using money and budgeting pocket money or wages
• using the information gathered from reading newspapers, using the internet and watching TV to draw conclusions and make choices that involve numeracy.