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Discovering Life in all its Fullness

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Discovering Life in all its Fullness


What Is Numeracy?


Numeracy is a proficiency which is developed mainly in mathematics but also in other subjects. It is so much more than an ability to do basic arithmetic; it involves developing confidence and competence with numbers and measures. It requires an understanding of the number system, a repertoire of mathematical techniques and an ability to solve quantitative or spatial problems in a range of contexts. Numeracy also demands understanding of the ways in which data are gathered by:

  • counting and measuring

  • presented in graphs

  • diagrams

  • charts and tables


We believe the development of numeracy skills is a basic entitlement for all pupils. Poor numeracy skills can hold back students’ progress, not just in mathematics lessons but subjects across the curriculum. Improving these skills is a whole-school matter.



Why Is Numeracy Important?


Everyone needs to be numerate to maximise their life chances and to make a positive contribution to society. We want every student to reach a level of numeracy that allows them to follow the career or further education path of their choice when they leave us. We want them to reach a level of numeracy that enables them to realise their full potential and carry out day-to-day numerical tasks with ease. Numeracy really is one of the many ‘learning experiences that last a life time’.

Students at The King’s experience numeracy in a range of subjects, not just Maths. From weighing ingredients in food technology to calculating average times in PE, all subjects aim to give students a grounding in numeracy.


Mathematics teaches us how to make sense of the world around us through developing a child’s ability to calculate, reason and solve problems. It enables children to understand and appreciate relationships and pattern in both number and space in their everyday lives.

One of our main strategies this year, ‘numeracy crib sheets’, has been developed to inform students, teachers and parents about common strategies used in Maths to teach key topics. Other departments within the school also use these strategies to ensure there is consistency and parity across the school which then affords students the opportunities to embed the skills they have been taught in lesson.


It is hoped that the use of the information provided in the ‘crib sheets below will help you understand the way a number of key topics are taught to your child, making it easier for you to support them with their homework and, as a result, ensure they make ‘outstanding’ steps of progress.

Art - MeasuringEnglish - Bar ChartEnglish - Tension Graph
English - Line GraphsEnglish - Venn DiagramsGeography - Averages