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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 at least one lesson per week (dependent on the bespoke need of the class), 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.
  • Regular staff CPD is used to empower all teachers with resources, calculation processes and inspiration to promote numeracy across all subjects.
  • Schemes of learning in every curriculum area identifies opportunities to highlight and develop numeracy skills, which informs lesson planning and delivery.
  • The academy uses opportunities to celebrate numeracy throughout the year, from Pi Day to National Numeracy Day.
  • Trips and experiences outside of the school environment are used to show students ways numeracy is applied outside of the classroom.
  • Information sheets are provided at parents’ evenings to support families in using real-world opportunities to help their child develop key numeracy skills at home.
  • Students participate in both individual and team UK Maths Challenges.

Please visit https://www.ukmt.org.uk/for further information.

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

Numeracy Strategy 2020-21

 Key Documents

Download Numeracy Strategy 2021-22
Unified Approach to Numeracy