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Numeracy

Leeds East Academy is committed to delivering a vibrant and engaging curriculum which produces the highest possible outcomes for each and every child. 

What is Numeracy?

By numeracy we mean the ability to use mathematics in everyday life.

Being numerate means having the confidence and skill to use numbers and mathematical approaches in all aspects of life - at work, in practical everyday activities at home and beyond, as consumers, in managing our finances, as parents helping our children learn, as patients making sense of health information, as citizens understanding the world about us. We have worked with experts to define these as the Essentials of Numeracy.

Numeracy complements Literacy and is sometimes called ‘mathematical literacy’. Both skills are needed in order to function fully in modern life.

Being numerate means being able to reason with numbers and other mathematical concepts, to apply these in a range of contexts and to solve a variety of problems. Being numerate is as much about thinking and reasoning logically as about ‘doing sums’.

It means being able to:

  • Interpret data, charts and diagrams
  • Process information
  • Solve problems
  • Check answers
  • Understand and explain solutions
  • Make decisions based on logical thinking and reasoning.

Numeracy at LEA

Developing the numeracy skills of all students is a priority at Leeds East. All subjects explore the numeracy skills required in their curriculum and develop understanding of these with students, highlighting its importance outside of the maths classroom.  It is imperative that students identify how numeracy underpins contexts in all subjects.  Within maths, we use problem solving and real-life contexts to relate skills to everyday scenarios. 

  • Students across Year 7-10 complete Numeracy Ninjas at the start of 2-5 maths lessons a week, which entails 30 questions being completed in five minutes to reinforce their mental and written calculations. Numeracy Ninjas aids iterative testing and aims to reinforce numerical knowledge. Daily results are used to inform future planning to ensure all students’ progress. 
  • Whole staff CPD has empowered all teachers with resources and inspiration to promote numeracy across all subjects. 
  • The UKMT Intermediate Maths Challenge involved specific classes of pupils across KS4. 
  • The UKMT Regional Finals took place at Lawnswood School with a team of four of our pupils competing against other local schools. 
  • Subject specific numeracy posters are now an interactive feature of all classrooms across the Academy.

 For more information, ideas for numeracy at home and to test your numeracy level please click here.

Numeracy Strategy 2018-19

 

 Key Documents

Download Numeracy Strategy 2018-19
One Minute Guide to Numeracy
Catch-Up Funding programme