What is Numeracy?


Numeracy or ‘everyday maths’ is in everything that we do. Being numerate means having the confidence and skill to use numbers and mathematical approaches in all aspects of life - at school, at work, in practical everyday activities at home and beyond, as consumers, in managing finances, as patients making sense of health information and as citizens understanding the world around us.

Being numerate means being able to reason with numbers and other mathematical concepts and 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 it is about completing calculations.

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.

There will a monthly Numeracy Challenge for all tutor groups.

Braunton Academy is committed to raising the standards of numeracy of all of its students, so that they develop the ability to use numeracy skills effectively in all areas of the curriculum and the skills necessary to cope confidently with the demands of further education, employment and adult life.

The Mathematics team will deliver the National Curriculum knowledge, skills and understanding. They will make references to the applications of Mathematics in other subject areas and give contexts to many topics. 

Other curriculum teams will build on this knowledge and help students to apply them in a variety of situations.

The transfer of skills is something that many students find difficult.  It is essential to start from the basis that students realise it is the same skill that is being used; sometimes approaches in subjects differ so much that those basic connections are not made.