Moulsham High School is committed to raising the standards of numeracy of all of its students; we want our pupils to be confident and capable in the use of numeracy to support their learning in all areas of the curriculum and to acquire the skills necessary to help achieve success in further education, employment and adult life.

Moulsham Mission Statement for Numeracy

Numeracy is a proficiency, which is developed mainly in mathematics but also in other subjects. It is more than an ability to do basic arithmetic. It involves developing confidence and competence with numbers and measures. It requires understanding of the number system, a repertoire of mathematical techniques, and an inclination and ability to solve quantitative or spatial problems in a range of contexts. Numeracy also demands understanding of the ways in which data are gathered by counting and measuring, and presented in graphs, diagrams, charts and tables.

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At Moulsham we expect the vast majority of our students to be capable of the following by the end of KS3 in preparation for their Mathematics GCSE:

  • Have a sense of the size of a number and where it fits into the number system.
  • Be able to use strategies successfully to solve number related problems mentally.
  • Apply an appropriate method to help solve a problem, e.g. mental, oral and written methods.
  • Make sense of number problems and identify and use the required operations to solve them.
  • Restrict their reliance on using a calculator and use one only when it is appropriate to do so.
  • Develop their skills in estimation and approximation and have strategies for checking the reasonableness of their answers.
  • Be able to explain their methods and reasoning using consistent language and mathematical terminology.
  • Be able to make and use sensible estimates of a range of measures in everyday situations.
  • Be able to interpret, explain and make predictions from information given in graphs, charts and tables.
  • Improved general problem-solving skills.

To help support students make even greater progress in numeracy and hence Mathematics GCSE we have a number of exciting strategies in place:

  • 1:1 Tuition for students.
  • Numerous catch-up and revision sessions organised by our mathematics department.
  • Exciting numeracy booster lessons, such as 'How to run a Restaurant', 'Battle of the Champions', and many more.
  • Whole-school to cite and enhance numeracy delivery across the whole curriculum.
  • Video tutorials for numeracy support.
  • Extensive whole-school use of the latest web-based software including Mymaths, Manga and Sumdog . (See above for more information and links.)

For more information on any of these aspects of the numeracy initiative, please do not hesitate to contact the school.