Numeracy and Mathematics

Mathematics is important in our everyday lives. It allows us to make sense of our world and to manage our lives. It plays a key role in areas such as science and technology. In school, we aim to allow children to experience success in mathematics and to develop the confidence to take risks, ask questions and explore alternative solutions without worrying about getting things wrong.

Mathematics is at its most powerful when the knowledge and understanding that have been developed are used to solve problems. Problem solving is at the heart of our learning and teaching.

The numeracy and mathematics experiences and outcomes in Curriculum for Excellence are structured within three main organisers:

  • Number, money and measure
  • Shape, position and movement
  • Information handling

From early level through to second level, these will be developed through practical activities, discussions, investigations and by the teaching of skills and techniques. Some of our pupils may progress onto third level outcomes. All children are encouraged to develop confidence in using and applying mathematical skills in real life contexts.

Problem solving capabilities are developed through:

  • Calculating mentally
  • Explaining their thinking
  • Using relevant contexts and experiences
  • Using technology
  • Collaborating and learning independently

Mental maths activities are practised daily at all stages and we emphasis the practical use of materials including computers and programmable toys.

All teachers ensure continuity and progression by using the experiences and outcomes from Curriculum for Excellence and planning documents developed by Renfrewshire Council in partnership with Education Scotland. We have a nominated Numeracy Champion who works with other practitioners within Renfrewshire to share best practice.

Parent Guide to Number Processes

The way pupils set out work may be different from the way parents were taught. The guide below explains how addition, subtraction, multiplication and division sums are set out and the link will direct you to a set of helpful tutorial videos available on Heriot Primary School’s website. We hope you find these useful.

Guide  4 processes

Skills across a level documents below show the progression through pathways at each level. Pathways can be roughly assigned to year groups however they may be completed earlier or later for some. Children may work on different pathways for different aspects of learning. It is best practice to teach the same concept but differentiate to challenge and support the needs of the pupils within the class.  Regular reinforcement of concepts is required and outcomes are bundled for reinforcement activities to promote breadth, depth and application of skills. A pupil can be secure at a level without being secure in every single outcome.







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