Mathematics and Numeracy including Mathematics with Financial Capability

Mathematics and Numeracy

Numeracy is the ability to apply appropriate mathematical skills and knowledge in familiar and unfamiliar contexts and in a range of settings throughout life, including the workplace. (Count, Read, Succeed.)

The Mathematics and Numeracy Area of Learning includes the contributory elements Mathematics and Financial Capability.

By engaging with issues that have current and future relevance to young people, teachers can help pupils to see the relevance of mathematics and financial capability to real life and work.

For further details, see the Statutory Requirements for Mathematics with Financial Capability and the Non-Statutory Guidance for Mathematics with Financial Capability.

Key Elements

The Key Elements provide a way to connect learning in Mathematics with Financial Capability to other subjects and to Learning for Life and Work.

The key elements that Mathematics with Financial Capability contributes to more fully are:

  • Personal Understanding;
  • Mutual Understanding;
  • Moral Character;
  • Media Awareness;
  • Employability; and
  • Economic Awareness.

The Cross-Curricular Skill of Using Mathematics

Using Mathematics is the skill of applying mathematical concepts, processes and understanding appropriately in a variety of contexts. Ideally these should be in relevant real-life situations that require a mathematical dimension. Pupils are likely to acquire and consolidate their mathematical knowledge, concepts and skills within the Area of Learning for Mathematics and Numeracy.

For further detail on Using Mathematics, see Using Mathematics at Key Stage 3.

Assessing Using Mathematics

Assessing how well a pupil has used mathematics in a variety of contexts across the curriculum helps you to monitor and track the effectiveness of the numeracy strategies in your school.

For details on assessing Using Mathematics, see Assess and Progress.


For more information on Mathematics and Numeracy, including Financial Capability, contact:

Gavin Graham
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2658

Mathematics resources

Mathematics is fundamental to life. Its unique language and forms of notation help us to calculate, investigate and problem-solve. It also informs many of the choices and decisions we make about real-life issues and challenges and the actions that we subsequently take. By developing a feel for number, algebra, shape, space and measures, and handling data, pupils will be able to recognise how to describe a situation mathematically, to appreciate patterns and relationships and to produce imaginative and creative work inspired by mathematical ideas.

Problem Solving in Mathematics Problem Solving in Mathematics

Our online resource promotes problem solving in mathematics and supports the teaching and learning of the minimum statutory content for Mathematics and Numeracy at Key Stage 3, providing suggested activities that allow pupils to demonstrate their mathematics in real-life and work situations. There is an introduction to the materials as well as accompanying solutions and teacher notes for each of the problems.

Mathematics and Numeracy Units Mathematics and Numeracy Units

Within our Mathematics and Numeracy Units resource we have designed a collection of four booklets to support the teaching and learning of the minimum statutory content for Mathematics and Numeracy at Key Stage 3.

Each booklet contains five units providing teaching and learning opportunities through suggested classroom activities. We have designed them to provide examples of how pupils can acquire, develop and consolidate their knowledge and understanding of:

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Shape, Space and Measures 3.5 MB - Uploaded 04-08-2016

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As stated in the Introduction booklet; the content of each booklet supports the Northern Ireland Curriculum. (For further details, see the Statutory Requirements for Mathematics with Financial Capability and the Non-Statutory Guidance for Mathematics with Financial Capability.)

The overall aim of each booklet is to provide suggested classroom activities that help pupils to further engage with mathematics, inside and outside the classroom. Some activities will also enhance their appreciation of the foundations of mathematics and how its applications work.

Learning for Life and Work through Maths Learning for Life and Work through Maths

The purpose of this resource is to give an opportunity for maths teachers to deliver aspects of Learning for Life and Work in their classroom.


An exciting new website developed to support learning and teaching at Key Stage 3 of STEM related subjects including Science, Technology and Design, Mathematics, Home Economics and Employability.

Financial Capability resources

Financial Capability is an essential life skill in the twenty-first century. Financial decisions are becoming increasingly complex. There are more methods of paying for goods and services, with greater availability of credit and likelihood of falling into debt. A job for life is no longer guaranteed, we are living longer and there is an increased individual responsibility to plan for retirement. Financial Capability is also an ideal context in which to develop mathematical and numerical skills across the curriculum.

Financial Capability Microsite Financial Capability

This site equips teachers with the information and educational resources they will need to deliver effective lessons in personal money management. Personal financial education seeks to develop young people’s level of financial understanding, skills and confidence allowing them to make effective decisions throughout their lives.

Talk Money, Talk Maths

Four real life scenarios that will support Mathematics learning and teaching while raising awareness of financial issues for young people.

Planning your Holiday

Using a familiar context, Planning your Holiday supports the development of financial capability through mathematics.


Money-go-round Money Skills for Everyone produced by the Basic Skills Agency.

Useful Links

Please review all links to judge their suitability before using them with your class.

Innovation Matters, a schools programme from Bank of Ireland that provides free initiatives, resources and

Make Money Make Sense, Key Stage 3 - Teacher Materials - KS3 Resources Tab

MoneySense, a free financial education programme that helps 5 to 18 year-olds towards a better financial


Financial Capability Resources, Citizens

Why aren't more women in science jobs?, Women in STEM article on the BBC