Numeracy and Mathematics

Mathematics is important in our everyday life and it equips our children with the skills they need to interpret and analyse information, simplify and solve problems, assess risk and make informed decisions. Children need to have confidence in using mathematical skills as they progress through the school and they are encouraged to apply numeracy skills throughout their learning.

In P1-P3 there is a strong emphasis on numeracy and initially all number is taught with the aid of concrete materials before moving on to visual and abstract methods. Other mathematical concepts such as measure, money, shape, position and movement and information handling are also experienced.  Children will learn through active learning and purposeful play.

In P4-P7 the development of numeracy continues involving;

  • calculating mentally.
  • explaining our thinking
  • using relevant real life contexts.
  • using technology in appropriate and effective ways.
  • collaborating and learning independently.

At Ralston Primary we use a variety of resources and strategies to support the development of numeracy skills. These include Scottish Heinemann at P1-P3 and TeeJay Mathematics at P4-P7.  These resources focus on the development of mathematical skills and provide opportunities to increase the confidence and competence of children in applying their learning to new and challenging situations which are age and stage appropriate.  Our children are supported in progressing at a level of pace and challenge appropriate to them as individuals.

Numeracy skills can be developed outside school in a variety of ways.

  • Weighing in cooking and baking.
  • Using money to calculate totals and change.
  • Looking at clocks to tell the time in digital and analogue displays.
  • Estimating and measuring in D.I.Y.

Please find links below for Maths presentations given on the Curriculum Evening night.


Curriculum_Evening_Maths Second Level


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