Numeracy across the curriculum

Numeracy is a confidence and competence with numbers and measures. To be numerate, knowledge of the number system and a range of computational techniques and algorithms are needed and particularly an ability to solve problems involving numbers in a variety of contexts.

Most people would be too embarrassed to say they were "no good at reading" however it is common for people to say "I wasn't any good at maths". This really enforces the unfortunate negative connotations around mathematics can be a barrier to success and developing mathematical confidence for students. Parents reinforce this negative stereotype whenever they use phrases like this, however innocently. We really ask parents, carers (and non-mathematics teachers) to not say things like this to students. Instead of saying "well I was no good at maths at school either" say something like "let's see if we can work through this together" or "let's see if we can find someone who can help".

To help us be consistent in every classroom where mathematics is used (not just mathematics classrooms!!) we have developed the mnemonic WAVES:

We have developed a numeracy policy which we hope exemplifies what we want to achieve in developing this across and supporting other subject areas. Link to policy

We understand that some of the techniques we use in mathematics may not be the same as the ones parents were taught at school and this can lead to frustration for both the parent and the student when parents are trying to support their children with their mathematics homework. We also understand that not all parents either found mathematics easy or remember much of the mathematics they were taught at school. To try and help parents with this we have developed a parents numeracy handbook which outlines some of the basics we teach in mathematics and how we teach them. Link to parents handbook

We have also created a series of posters which we have made available to other departments to use to highlight the approaches we teach for a number of key topics on mathematics which are commonly used in other school subjects. These topics cover

You can download these posters for yourself if you wish.

If you have any questions about numeracy at All Saints, please contact Mr Chadburn either through the school office or by email at