Category Archives: Numeracy

Today (Mon 23rd Nov, 2015) is… Fibonacci Day

Writing November 23rd the American way, we have 1123 – what a coincidence. They are the first four numbers of Fibonacci’s sequence.

Leonardo of Pisa, better known as Fibonacci, is responsible for the Fibonacci Sequence (or Fibonacci numbers) – a pattern of counting where each number is the sum of the previous two. As well as being prevalent in nature, this kind of system is used widely in computer data storage and processing, and Fibonacci Day recognises the importance and value of Fibonacci’s contributions to mathematics.

Below is a link to some resources and investigations that can be used in the classroom.

Numeracy and Mathematics Resources

National Numeracy and Mathematics HubESLogohub


The National Numeracy and Mathematics Hub is a virtual learning environment for all practitioners. The Hub provides an innovative approach to career-long professional learning for all practitioners in all sectors. It is an interactive, virtual learning environment which offers practitioners:

  • Professional learning in different aspects of numeracy with a focus on progression, numeracy and mathematics skills, numeracy across learning, assessment and moderation and teaching.
  • Career-long professional learning opportunities of various types such as broadcasts, professional reading and action research.
  • An easy to use environment where you can share and work with colleagues from across Scotland as well as those from your own school or authority​.

Education Scotland website:

Provides practitioners with excellent resources and guidance to help develop learning and teaching in Numeracy and Mathematics including;

 National Numeracy Progression Frameworkprogression – This resource has been created to deepen practitioners’ knowledge and understanding of progression within the experiences and outcomes for numeracy and mathematics. It included progression pathways with key milestones and building blocks for each of the numeracy organisers. Mathematics pathways coming soon, along with previous knowledge and understanding and exemplification.

Professional Learning Resources – These professional learning resources provide guidance and advice to help inform learning and teaching practices in line with the main objectives of the Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy (SSLN). There are PLR’s for;

There is also information on Assessing progress and achievement available which includes professional learning activities and key documents on significant aspects of learning and making good assessment decisions.

Other key links and websites to support the development of Numeracy and Mathematics;

The Journey to Excellence: Examples of innovative and interesting practice. Search ‘mathematics’ or ‘numeracy’ in to the search facility.

TWIG Film list for National 4 and National 5 Qualifications

TWIG Films from website

stem logoSTEM Links

STEM e-bulletin

(Up to date news, information, resources and professional learning)

STEM Central in MOTION blog

(more up to date news on STEM)

STEM Central website

(high quality resources, teaching ideas, videos etc to develop learning experiences relating to sciences, technologies, engineering and mathematics

Main Contact for Numeracy and Mathematics Team at Education Scotland:

Lorna Harvey, Acting Senior Education Officer

Optima Building, 58 Robertson Street


G2 8DU

Tel: 0141 282 5119   



The Secret Life of Numbers

Welcome to the first of a number of posts that explores research in the learning of numeracy and mathematics.

If you have a Glow username, you can contribute to the discussion on our Numeracy & Mathematics Community.

Title Marcus Du Sautoy

The Secret Life of Numbers


 Marcus Du Sautoy

Available online at:


The author argues that teachers of mathematics are ‘required to teach a utilitarian and unadventurous curriculum that leaves them no room to explore the creative side of the subject’. He suggests alternative approaches to teaching mathematics that he believes will help learners see mathematics as exciting and imaginative.

Reflective questions

Hint : The link below will take you to the discussion on Glow

Du Sautoy, M. (2009). The secret life of numbers

NNM Hub – Module 4 Session 5 – Mental Agility

Small - Module 4 Session 5Join the Education Scotland Team on Tuesday 3rd November at 4pm to find out more about Mental Agility at Third and Fourth Level.

In this session presented by the Education Scotland Numeracy and Mathematics Team they will be exploring Mental Agility at Third and Fourth Level.

Sign up and register now in Glow TV – NNM Hub – Module 4 Session 5 – Mental Agility

If you unable to join us for the live event you can always catch up with the recording at another time – Glow TV’s Watch Again.

NNM – Module 6 – STEM

Small- STEMJoin the Numeracy and Mathematics Team at Education Scotland on Thursday 29th October at 4pm as they discuss STEM.
In this session you can hear more about STEM from the Numeracy and Mathematics Team at Education Scotland.

Sign up and register now in Glow TV – NNM – Module 6 – STEM

If you unable to join us for the live event you can always catch up with the recording at another time – Glow TV’s Watch Again.

NNM Hub – Module 4 Session 4- Mental Agility

Small - Module 4 Session 4Join the ES Team on Tuesday 27th October at 4pm to find out more about Mental Agility at Second Level.
In this session presented by the Education Scotland Numeracy and Mathematics Team they will be exploring Mental Agility at Second Level.

Sign up and register to take part live in Glow TV – NNM Hub – Module 4 Session 4- Mental Agility

If you unable to join us for the live event you can always catch up with the recording at another time – Glow TV’s Watch Again.

Regional Events to discuss the draft National Improvement Framework

NIFThe First Minister on 1 September 2015 launched a draft National Improvement Framework for Scottish Education. The Framework will bring together, in a more consistent way, the key information that is needed to support improvement for children. It builds on the strong foundations of Curriculum for Excellence and aims to ensure that parents, teachers, schools, and local authorities, as well as nationally, we have the access to the right type of information that tells them about the progress of children.

The Framework sets out 6 areas where activity and support is planned:

• School improvement
• School leadership
• Teacher professionalism
• Assessment of children’s progress
• Parental involvement
• Performance information.

Join us at one of our regional events for teachers, parents and local authorities to hear more about the six areas that will be included in the Framework. You will have the opportunity to discuss and exchange views on what this means for you and for children. This is an opportunity to share your thoughts on the draft Framework as we work together to develop it further.

The eight regional events will take place at locations across Scotland with the first event taking place on 29 September 2015 at the University of Edinbugh. The other events are planned for Glasgow, Inverness and Aberdeen.

Please click here to register your place at one of the events.


P1011795Staff at Pirie Park Primary School, Glasgow are being praised for their sector leading approach to supporting children with additional needs and their approach to responsive learning and teaching.

Practitioners at Pirie Park have developed a broad range of skills and capabilities similar to those of learning support specialists. This development of staff has been recognised as innovative practice by Education Scotland in supporting learners within the school.

Staff use their knowledge of the children and additional support needs (ASN) profiles to help identify learning issues and provide tailored support to children with ASN. This combined with responsive planning and active learning, where tasks, activities and resources interest and motivate children, has led to an exemplary, high quality learning and support environment for learners.

To celebrate their achievements, Pirie Park received a visit from Alan Armstrong, Strategic Director for School Years at Education Scotland. He said:

“It’s fundamental that children and young people have the right support in place to be able to reach their full potential. I am delighted to have met such dedicated and hardworking staff, who are able to provide such tailored and responsive teaching to support children with additional support needs.

“By adopting this approach, staff are able  to help all children achieve in many ways. Responsive learning also plays a big part in developing learners’ skills. It enables the children to recognise the relevance and importance of the skills they’re learning now, and how these will help them in their lives beyond school.  I am very pleased to see this in practice.”

Jane Arthur, Pirie Park Primary Headteacher said: “Last year our school community was delighted to receive such an excellent and positive inspection report that endorsed our work on learning and teaching practices.

“We are committed to making sure that every child in Pirie Park is included, feels valued and receives the targeted support for their individual needs. Our aim is for our children to be happy, confident individuals who will be the best they can be.”

A key feature of the schools highly effective learning and teaching is their investment in practitioners as the core resource. Through classroom practice and professional learning, they have developed skills which mean they can meet the needs of a wide range of children in the classroom.

Following their inspection in June last year, Pirie Park achieved an excellent evaluation for meeting learning needs, and very good evaluations for improvements in performance, learner’s experiences, the curriculum and improvement through self-evaluation. A copy of the Pirie Park Primary School inspection report is available here.

Looking for data, maps, resources about Scotland’s environment?…it’s all here!

Get Learning new logoLooking for great information, data and resources relating to Scotland’s environment to use in your classroom?

Then look no further than the new Get Learning section on Scotland’s Environment website. With maps, data, resources and useful links – all of which have been carefully matched with Curriculum for Excellence levels and National Qualifications – it’s a great source of up-to-date environment-related information for teachers and learners.

This new resource has been developed in partnership with Education Scotland to direct teachers to the information and data they need to bring learning about Scotland’s environment to life. The content is organised within easy-to-understand topics for learners of all ages, from early level through to senior phase. The new Get Learning section is just the latest exciting addition to the £4 million website developed by SEPA, SNH and other national partner organisations.

In addition to maps, data and resources, other features include:

  • Instagram posts using #GetLearningScot to allow young people to engage with their local environment, share ideas and ask questions
  • Mobile apps to encourage young people to get involved with their environment, collect their own data and become citizen scientists
  • Directory of citizen science projects and surveys to encourage learners to collect data about their own environment and take steps to conserve and improve it.

Don’t just take our word for it – take a look for yourself and Get Learning.

Sciences, Technology and Mathematics e-bulletin

asdWelcome to our e-bulletin for sciences, technologies, engineering and maths (STEM). Please forward to those who may be interested.

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• Award-winning online resources available until June 2016 – add Twig, Tigtag and Reach Out CPD tiles to your Launchpad in Glow
• Higher Physics professional learning videos now online
• Statistics for school biology experiments and Advanced Higher projects – SSERC guide
• 13 – 19 year olds can win a trip to New York City through the Junior Academy STEM competition
• Enter the 2016 Our Environment competition run by SEPA
• Get Learning section of Scotland’s Environment website launches soon – data about climate change, water, rivers and more
• Register your school to receive BBC Microbit pocket-sized computers for coding
• The National Technologies Network Glow community will keep you up to date
• New engineering science materials on the Glow NQ site
• CPD for Engineering Science – Advanced Higher writers day on the 17 September 2015
• Dunoon Primary beats 300 UK schools to win Kodu Kup
• Open University research project on use of mobile technologies – get involved!

Numeracy and mathematics
• BBC News report on supermarket pricing
• Mathematical Association conference for teachers of secondary mathematics
• The National Numeracy Progression Framework has progression pathways for all numeracy organisers
• Register for Progression Module to be delivered via the National Numeracy and Mathematics Hub from 25 August
• STEM precision farming event for secondary STEM teachers – Perthshire, 7 November

Did you know…….?
The Developing Young Workforce programme will be transforming the way that STEM is delivered in Scottish schools.

Professional learning
Reviewing the requirement for high level STEM skills – UKCES report

Video Inspiration
Make a 3D Hologram projector using a mobile phone app and CD case.

We’ve got loads more news to share! See our STEM blog for the latest updates.

Education Scotland Updates
Education Scotland Email Updates Now Available
Education Scotland offer a number of free email updates and news alerts to keep you informed of the latest developments and events in Scottish education.

We’re delighted to offer you a range of publications with a focus on specific areas, sectors and topics. These all include the latest news and key information along with links to new resources and support materials all in one place and relevant to your area of work.

You can sign up to as many email updates as you like, they are free and delivered straight to your inbox. Visit the Education Scotland website for the full list of publications available and sign up today.

Scottish Learning Festival 2015
SLF is the biggest education event in Scotland, bringing together thousands of educational professionals from across Scotland and beyond. Taking place on Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 September, the theme of this year’s event focuses on raising achievement and attainment for all.

SLF is free for everyone to attend and gives you access to inspirational keynotes, over 100 professional development seminars, lively debate at the professional discussion sessions, Scotland’s largest education exhibition and opportunities for professional networking with peers and colleagues from across Scotland.

Book now to guarantee your place at SLF. Visit the SLF website to browse the full conference programme and book your place today.