Numeracy across the Curriculum

Numeracy Mission statement

"Raising the standards of numeracy across learning is the responsibility of all, to ensure that our students can cope with the numerical demands of everyday life."

Clacton County High School is committed to raising the standards of numeracy for all of its students. We aim to provide opportunities for all students to utilise numeracy skills effectively in all areas of the curriculum as we recognise that competence in numeracy is integral to students being able to cope confidently with the demands of further education, employment and adult life.

Numeracy Fortnight

Throughout the year, we focus on different numeracy related topics every fortnight and bring numeracy into lessons across all the subject areas. An example was using time in lessons to help and encourage students to tell the time correctly. Students across all year groups have shown gaps in their understanding of telling the time on analogue clocks, 24 hour clocks and even digital clocks. It is sometimes assumed that being able to tell the time is a skill already mastered by students when they come to secondary school. They are reliant on using digital devices and they lack the skills to manage time using analogue clocks and watches. Telling the time is a life skill which all students should master; in school exams time management is key to students being successful and later in life they need to be able to read timetables (e.g. bus and train).

Teaches incorporated activities into their lessons:
• They used the clocks in classrooms, asked students the time, used stop watches to time specific activities and included the use of the 24 hour clock in their questioning.
• How long will something take to cook - what time does it go in the oven, what time do you need to check?
• Timed activities: starting at unusual times e.g It’s 16 minutes past 9, this task will take 7 minutes; what time will we finish?
• A film lasts for (X) length of time, if it started at (Y) o’clock, what time would it end?
• They also included challenges - the last train leaves at... will you get back or what time will you get back to Clacton?
• Telling the time in another language!

Parents, you can also play a part - "as we help you, to help your child...."

Helping Children Improve Their Everyday Maths

Your daughter or son will need to use maths throughout their lives – at work and at home too.
National Numeracy have produced a useful document to help parents engage with their children by working with them helping them learn the maths needed for everyday life - Download a copy.

Family Maths Toolkit

Visit which is full of ideas to help parents, families and children aged 13 and under enjoy everyday maths activities together.

Numeracy Ninjas

Visit to take a look at a sample of the numeracy skills we regularly practice in class. You can practice particular areas for development together using the skill focus worksheets.

Numeracy features Across the Curriculum.......

There are 158 verses in the Greek National Anthem whereas the Spanish anthem has no lyrics. The Ugandan National Anthem only has 8 bars of music, whilst Ukraine’s anthem lasts for six minutes!

On the first day of the Battle of the Somme, the British Army endured the bloodiest day in its history, suffering 57,470 casualties and 19,240 dead. The entire Somme offensive cost the British almost half a million men.

French is spoken as an official language in 29 countries, and it is projected that by 2025 there will be approximately 500 million French speakers in the world, increasing to 650 million people by 2050, 7% of the world’s population.

Health and Social Care
If a baby, born 8lbs and 20" long, continued growing at the same rate as he does the first year, by the time he reached 20, he’d be 25 ft. tall and weigh nearly 315 lbs

There are about 9,000 taste buds on the surface of the tongue, in the throat, and on the roof of the mouth. Humans produce about 10,000 gallons of saliva in a lifetime.

Information Technology
The average 21 year old has spent 5,000 hours playing video games, has exchanged 250,000 e-mails, instant and text messages and has spent 10,000 hours on the mobile phone.

Design Technology
'Next' group have 6.3% market share of the UK clothing retail market. Marks and Spencer has the largest market share with 10.2%.

Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities, is one of the best selling single volume books of all time with approximately 200 million sales, with Lord of the Rings selling 150 million copies whereas the Harry Potter book series has sold 450 million