Mathematics includes specific aspects of numeracy which will be developed both in mathematics and through activities in other areas of the curriculum.
Putting mathematical knowledge and understanding to constructive use has been one of the decisive factors in shaping societies.
Engineering, science, technology and business rely upon mathematics and continue to find new applications for mathematics.
Cultural development and artistic endeavour are influenced by mathematics.
Each of us uses mathematical skills and concepts in everyday life.
To face the challenges of the 21st century, each young person needs to have confidence in using mathematical skills, and Scotland needs both specialist mathematicians and a highly numerate population.
Learning through mathematics enables children and young people to:
- develop essential numeracy skills, including arithmetical skills which allow them to participate fully in society
- develop a secure understanding of the concepts, principles and processes of mathematics and apply these in different contexts, including the world of work
- have an understanding of the application of mathematics, its impact on our society past and present, and its potential for the future
- establish firm foundations for further specialist learning, including for those who will be the mathematicians of the future.
Numeracy in St. Timothy’s
Number work, shape, measurement, money, pictorial representation, problem solving and enquiry.
Children and young people need to be confident and competent in their numeracy skills to be able to function responsibly in everyday life and contribute effectively to society. Strong skills in numeracy provide foundations which can be built on through lifelong learning and in the world of work.
Opportunities planned and spontaneous, in and out of school for developing and reinforcing numeracy across the curriculum allow children and young people to strengthen their skills. Where they use numeracy skills in ways that are relevant to them, children and young people can be more motivated to learn these skills and understand why they matter, in school and beyond.
Pr 1 – 7 use Scottish Heinemann Mathematics to support the teaching of numeracy skills alongside active activities in Maths. Each child follows the programme according to his/her age, ability and aptitude. Essential skills in mathematics are practised and basic facts mastered, but at all stages children are provided with experience of practical work in meaningful situations.
It is important that their interest and initiative is not dulled with excessive repetitive drill. The understanding of processes should be linked with the knowledge of facts and this is not attained by simply learning tables and doing a large amount of “sums”.
In accordance with North Lanarkshire guidelines there is a greater use of Interactive Mental Maths where pupils explain how they get their answers.