In Ballyclare Primary School we know how important Numeracy is to pupils’ lives both now and in the future. Through teaching and learning in this area we aim to develop children’s confidence and enthusiasm in using and applying mathematical skills and knowledge to the world around them.
Our teaching programme is based on the Northern Ireland Curriculum and we use a range of teaching and learning strategies to develop the following five strands in Numeracy:
Opportunities to apply numeracy skills across the curriculum are promoted and pupils are encouraged to investigate ideas, ask questions and explain their reasoning. We specifically teach children how to become effective problem solvers in Numeracy and pupils enjoy completing challenges independently and with their peers.
We understand the importance of using practical materials to aid learning and pupils have the opportunity to use a range of tools and equipment to support and deepen their understanding of mathematical concepts. Often learning takes place outside the classroom and teachers provide opportunities for outdoor learning in our school grounds and local area.
We make the most of a range of technology to motivate and support pupils in their learning, with pupils having the opportunity to complete tasks in our Digital Hub or on our iPads and Chromebooks to enhance their learning.