Numeracy @ CHS

To celebrate Maths Week Scotland 2017, S1 pupils in Coatbridge High School took part in a Numeracy across the Curriculum event.

On Friday 15th September, our S1 pupils completed a Numeracy task in each of their timetabled classes. Staff had worked tirelessly to prepare engaging and rewarding, subject-specific activities.

In the English department, S1 pupils learned about Code Breaking. They cracked Dancing Men codes from Sherlock Holmes and discovered how to pass information using Morse Code.

In Physical Education, our pupils looked closely at Athletic World Records. They measured world record distances in long jump, high jump and others.

The Science department looked at crime scene investigating, where pupils measured footprints and blood stains.

Our Humanities department highlighted the importance of data and pupils worked to arrange data using bar graphs. Pupils also visited a local supermarket as part of a budgeting activity.

CHS also entered S1 pupils into SumDog’s Maths Week Competition and recorded some impressive results.

Our S1 event contributed to the profile of Numeracy within Coatbridge High School as having a subject-specific Numeracy activity in every lesson highlighted the important role that Numeracy plays across the whole curriculum.

It allowed pupils to recognise the all-encompassing nature of Numeracy in a fun and engaging manner.

What is Numeracy?
Numeracy is the basic everyday arithmetic processes we all use. These processes include:

Simple multiplications
Simple division
Simple weight and measure
Money counting
Telling time
Basic statistical calculations
Basic graphical drawing and interpretations

Our aim is to develop and build pupil confidence in using these every day skills and to help pupils to understand how these fundamental skills are applied across all their learning.

Curriculum for Excellence

Our Curriculum for Excellence aims to ensure that all pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they will need if they are to be successful in life, learning and work, now and in the future.

The Curriculum for Excellence recognises the importance of numeracy in learning and in life and promotes numeracy across all areas of the curriculum, enduring that children develop the necessary skills and the confidence to apply numeracy skills throughout their learning.

What Can You do to Help?

Parents and cares are the first teachers in their child’s learning, and have a key role to play in developing skills as children move through their education. They can do this by finding opportunities to practise numeracy skills and by listening and providing feedback as children explain their thinking.

Numeracy skills can also be developed outside school in many ways, including:

weighing and timing, for example in cooking and baking, estimating and measuring quantities in DIY
understanding and working with time; using timetables and calendars; working out costs and rates, e.g. hiring goods at an hourly rate
using money and budgeting pocket money or wages
using the information gathered from reading newspapers, using the internet and watching TV to draw conclusions and make choices that involve numeracy.