Definition of numeracy

Numeracy is the capacity to take mathematics and apply knowledge, skills and strategies to deal with everyday life in a variety of situations. It will also give students the ability to cope confidently with the mathematical demands of further education, employment and adult life.

At Kingsthorpe

Kingsthorpe College is committed to raising the standards of Numeracy of all its students, so that they develop the ability to use Numeracy skills in all areas of the curriculum and the skills necessary to cope confidently with the demands of further education, employment and adult life.

A numerate student is one who

  • Is confident and competent in performing calculations involving number
  • Can use a range of techniques to carry out computations mentally and on paper
  • Knows and understands the properties of number
  • Can explain methods and justify reasoning and conclusions, using correct mathematical terms
  • Can use calculators and other ICT resources appropriately and effectively to solve mathematical problems and select from the display the number of figures appropriate to the context of the calculation
  • Can recognise and use mathematical skills and techniques in a variety of contexts

Parents can support their children by

  • Referring to the student’s exercise book in order to see the topics currently being worked upon
  • Ensuring that emphasis is placed on mental and pencil and paper methods for calculations and that calculators are only used where appropriate when working at home (method and working must be shown irrespective of calculator use)
  • Valuing their child’s own methods of doing calculations
  • Purchase of a revision guide appropriate to their children’s level / Grade (available in College or from bookshops)
  • Encouraging their children to make use of the learning tools in the following websites: and

Numeracy across the curriculum


Almost every scientific investigation or experiment is likely to require one or more of the mathematics skills of classifying, counting, measuring, calculating, estimating and recording in tables and graphs.

Art, Design and Technology

Measurements are often needed in art, design and technology. Many patterns and constructions in our own and other cultures are based on spatial ideas and properties of shape, including symmetry.

Designs may need enlarging or reducing, introducing ideas of multiplication, scale and ratio. The preparation of food involves measurement, working out times and calculating cost, frequently extending into calculations involving ratio and proportion.


In ICT lessons, students will collect and classify data, enter values into data handling software, produce graphs and tables and interpret and explain their results. Spreadsheets require algebraic and graphical skills involving constructing formulae and generating sequences, functions and graphs.


Students will make statistical enquiries involving primary and secondary data and the interpretation of graphs, charts and tables. Students will apply mathematical skills to financial problems and other real-life contexts such as the study of maps involving co-ordinates, angle, direction, position, scale and ratio.

PE and Music

Athletic activities use measurement of height, distance and time, data logging devices to quantify, explore and improve performance. Ideas of counting, time, symmetry, movement, position and direction are used extensively in music, drama, gymnastics, athletics and competitive games.

Year 7 catch up premium and numeracy

Kingsthorpe College received an additional premium for each Year 7 pupil who did not achieve at least a level 4 in reading and/or maths at Key Stage 2.

These additional funds have been used to deliver additional tuition and intensive support for students in small groups, giving students valuable support to bring them up to speed to ensure that they are more likely to succeed.

The school will provide

  • Individual tuition in addition to classroom teaching.
  • Intensive small group tuition supported by pertinent materials and resources which include after school sessions.
  • One to one session particularly for assessment.
  • Small group work for numeracy.
  • Group work to identify skills gaps for students followed by tailored sessions to facilitate personalised learning.
Last updated: 23 Feb 2017