Mathematics and Numeracy

Mathematics and Numeracy is an Area of Learning in the curriculum. It gives children a wider understanding of how the world around them works and prepares them for making decisions, solving problems and processing everyday information.

Teachers should enable children to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in:

  • Processes in Mathematics
  • Number
  • Measures
  • Shape and Space
  • Handling Data.

All of these are connected, but Processes in Mathematics should be at the heart of all Mathematics and Numeracy learning. These processes focus on how children learn rather than on the content that they cover.

Teachers should connect children’s learning and embed the key elements that underpin the curriculum objectives. This brings meaning and relevance to their experiences in school and in the world around them.

Children should have time to:

  • explore ideas using practical materials;
  • use mathematical language to talk about their work and explain their thinking;
  • experience challenge;
  • see making mistakes as a way to strengthen their understanding; and
  • realise that perseverance is key to solving problems.

For further details, see the Statutory Requirements for Mathematics and Numeracy at Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

Whole Curriculum Skills and Capabilities

Children should have opportunities to develop their Cross-Curricular Skills of Communication, Using Mathematics and Using ICT, and their Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities through Mathematics and Numeracy.


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