Numeracy is a proficiency which involves confidence and competence with numbers and measures. It requires an understanding of the number system, a repertoire of computational skills and an ability to solve number problems in a variety of contexts. Numeracy also demands practical understanding of the ways in which information is gathered by counting and measuring, and is presented in graphs, diagrams, charts and tables. Numeracy is promoted as a subject that can be fun, engaging the children through the use of a variety of games and challenges.
At the British Overseas School we follow the framework for teaching mathematics based upon the Primary Strategy for England and Wales. This approach to the teaching of mathematics follows four key principles:
- Dedicated mathematics lesson every day.
- Direct teaching and interactive oral work with the whole class, groups and individuals.
- An emphasis on mental calculation.
- Controlled differentiation, with all children engaged in mathematics related to a common theme.
The use of the framework allows teachers to plan and deliver interesting and effective lessons that ensure that children are increasingly challenged as they progress through the School.
Teacher time in the classroom is maximised with published mathematics schemes being used to support the interactive learning that has taken place. The children’s knowledge and skills are supported with the teaching of standard written methods for completing calculations, but emphasis is placed on empowering the children by helping them to develop a range of strategies that they can use critically to solve ’real world’ problems.