Don Valley Academy is committed to raising the standards of numeracy of all its students; we want our pupils to be confident and capable in the use of numeracy to support their learning in all areas of the curriculum and to acquire the skills necessary to help achieve success in further education, employment and adult life.

“Mathematical literacy is an individual’s capacity to identify and understand the role that mathematics plays in the world, to make well-founded judgements and to use and engage with mathematics in ways that meet the needs of that individual’s life as a constructive, concerned and reflective citizen.” PISA

Students at Don Valley Academy should:

  • have a sense of the size of a number and where it fits into the number system;
  • know by heart number facts such as number bonds, multiplication tables, doubles and halves;
  • use what they know by heart to work out answers mentally;
  • calculate accurately and efficiently, both mentally and with pencil and paper, drawing on a range of calculation strategies;
  • recognise when it is appropriate to use a calculator, and can do so effectively;
  • make sense of number problems, including non-routine problems, and recognise the operations needed to solve them;
  • explain their methods and reasoning using correct mathematical terms;
  • judge whether their answers are reasonable and have strategies for checking them where necessary;
  • suggest suitable units for measuring, and make sensible estimates of measurements; and
  • explain and make predictions from the numbers in graphs, diagrams, charts and tables.

Numeracy support strategies at Don Valley Academy include:

  • ensuring that Schemes of Work across the curriculum identify topics/areas requiring numeracy skills and guidance is provided to staff concerning approaches to this within their subject;
  • the continuous professional development of Teaching Assistants across the curriculum;
  • students are encouraged to use their planners, which are full of key mathematical vocabulary, names of important shapes and sequences and other facts, to enhance their numeracy skills;
  • the use of the Numeracy Ninja programme during VMG time to develop skills within core maths lessons;
  • weekly numeracy VMG sessions for all students, involving problem-solving skills and challenges;
  • numeracy tasks at the beginning of every assembly, reiterating its importance;
  • lunchtime numeracy challenges for students, and;
  • the involvement of students in the NSPCC Number Day.

Parents can help support with numeracy:

  • helping your child feel positive about maths is important and it’s something every parent can do.
  • recognising that numeracy is everywhere – pointing this out helps students understand the importance of maths, and enjoy it too.

The National Numeracy website suggests practical ways for parents to help their children.