Numeracy - Rationale
“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 inclination and ability to solve quantitative or spatial problems in a range of contexts. Numeracy also demands understanding of the ways in which data is gathered by counting and measuring, and presented in graphs, diagrams, charts and tables'' ( NN – 2001).
Role of Staff
The Key Stage Co-ordinators in Mathematics hold a joint responsibility for numeracy across the curriculum. They will be responsible for the successful implementation of the policy across the Academy as a whole. Responsibilities will also include the provision of training and resources for staff and for the induction of new staff. This will be accomplished through formal INSET sessions and the coordinators will also be available in an advisory capacity on a day-to-day basis. It will be the responsibility of the post holders, together with the Head of Mathematics and Academy Data Manager, to identify those students who need to follow Numeracy Progress Units when they join Macmillan Academy in Year 7 and to ensure the delivery.
All subject teachers have a role in developing numeracy. A range of numeracy skills are needed in all subject areas and so need reinforcement and development in all areas of the curriculum. Thus all subject teachers should include numercay issues in their schemes of work and unit planning.
Use of Calculators in the Academy
Students should be encouraged to use calculators in other curricular areas and not just in mathematics. We recommend a standard calculator to students – Casio fx-83MS. This is because different manufacturers may use different logic/symbols. These are available from either Head of Mathematics or the cashier.
Students are encouraged to have their own calculator to become familiar with its workings and to learn in which situations it is most appropriate to use it.