The importance of Numeracy
At Harris Academy Morden we believe numeracy is one of the most important life skills. We ensure that our students are able to develop their understanding of cross-curricular Mathematics. Numeracy is the foundation of mathematics, and as such the concepts learnt in school are necessary for understanding more advanced mathematics, such as quadratic equations, statistical analysis and calculus.
Modern life is increasingly digital, presenting us with more and more numerical data. Although computers and calculators can carry out many of the necessary calculations for us, we need to know which order to enter the numbers, and whether the answer we get is reasonable. Numeracy skills are those you need to do a job (for example, using spreadsheets, calculating invoices) or to be an engaged citizen (for example, making sense of statistics reported in the media). Numeracy is also the ability to perform simple number calculations - a subset therefore of wider mathematics.
Did you know?
- Maths helps your child continue with his/her studies in other subjects;
- Maths A level keeps options open when applying to university;
- Approximately 90% of graduate jobs require a high level of digital skill;
- Maths graduates have the lowest levels of unemployment;
- Maths is used extensively in some of the best paid jobs: Finance – accountancy, banking, actuarial work; Computing – software, internet, telecommunications; Engineering – manufacturing, surveying, architecture
At Harris Academy Morden, we run 2 main numeracy interventions. After-school numeracy clubs are run by Miss Teague and Miss Ali, and students are invited to attend based on their year 7 and 8 baseline testing. In these sessions, students study and master the 4 main operations and explore the hierarchy of operations. Morning intervention sessions also focus on the four main operations and are run by Mr Lombard. These interventions are based in computer rooms, where specialised numeracy computer programmes are utilised to support students’ memory recall of essential numeracy skills.
What can you do to support Numeracy at home?
At Harris Academy Morden, we work hard to support your child’s Numeracy development in all subjects and we would welcome any time you could devote to this at home.
We have already added to our website (see links) some materials for you to use with your son/daughter. It would be useful if you would also:
- Show them how we use Maths skills in our everyday lives and to involve your child in this;
- Identifying problems and solving them can also help your child develop Maths skills; If you see him or her puzzling over something, talk about the problem and try to work out the solution together;
- Don't shy away from Maths if you didn’t like it at school. Try to find new ways to enjoy the subject with your child;
- Take your child shopping and talk about the quantities of anything you buy;
- Let your child handle money and work out how much things cost;
- When taking transport, work out the journey times and encourage them to plan journeys together
Each student at Harris Academy Morden has access to our online maths facility, MathsWatch VLE.
Students can view over 1000 mathematical video tutorials in order to learn new skills, or simply refresh old ones!
Each student has their own unique user and password so that they can keep track of their results and keep in contact with their teacher using the MathsWatch VLE interface.