Hillside High School

Excellence in the Heart of the Community

Wade Deacon Trust


    At Hillside we place an extremely high value on the delivery of numeracy for all our pupils. Being numerate is essential for all pupils enabling them to access several key areas of the curriculum, and for day to day life in the world outside school. Strong numeracy skills are key to securing the best college places and workplace opportunities.

    Numeracy is a life skill. Being numerate goes beyond simply 'doing sums'; it means having the confidence and competence to use numbers and think mathematically in everyday life. Here are some examples of what we mean by numeracy:

    • Being able to manage family budgets – credit cards, offers at supermarkets etc.
    • Being able to estimate – in all kinds of situations, e.g. journey speed, time and distance, roughly how much a bill will be or your expected bank balance at the end of the month.
    • Being able to critically assess statistics used by advertisers or politicians.

    In order to give our pupils to best possible chances to develop strong numeracy skills we aim to develop and improve standards of numeracy through providing models and opportunities for pupils to practise using number in a range of lessons; not just mathematics.

    Each classroom has numeracy displays which outline the basic skills in addition and subtraction. Pupil Diaries have pages dedicated to numeracy with multiplication tables and other useful numeracy hints and tips.

    In lessons

    Teachers will plan to develop and improve standards of numeracy through providing good models and opportunities for pupils to practise their skills. This could be through a range of activities including: retrieving information from graphs and charts, putting events in chronological order, using timetables to plan journeys, costing holidays and other events, measuring ingredients and materials, making scale models, using co-ordinates etc. Pupils will be expected and encouraged to use a range of mental mathematics strategies to answer simple questions outside of mathematics lessons. Where more complex calculations are needed, pupils will be expected to clearly show each stage of the working out which has led to the final answer.

    Parental Support

    It is crucial that parents/carers and the school work closely together to support and develop the numeracy skills of the pupils. People at home can use a range of strategies to build some numeracy into everyday life. This can take the form of actively testing your child on their multiplication tables and simple mental addition, especially if you know that this is an area with which they struggle.

    • costing trips
    • working out journey times
    • budgeting pocket money
    • adding up the shopping on a trip around the supermarket
    • working out if ‘two for one’ is really a bargain

    These are all simple ways of introducing regular numeracy practise. The more pupils can practise mental maths strategies, the more confident they will be in their lessons.

    Pupils have numeracy pages in their Pupil Diary which can help with independent learning. When your child is completing their mathematics independent learning it is important that they layout the answers clearly and show all stages of working out. Any graphs, diagrams or charts should be neatly drawn with a pencil and ruler.

    If you need any help or advice concerning your child’s numeracy please contact Miss Christian at the school.