The Importance of Numeracy
At Harris Academy Morden we believe numeracy is one of the most important life skills. We ensure that our students are able to develop their understanding of cross-curricular mathematics. Numeracy is the foundation of mathematics, and as such the concepts learnt in school are necessary for understanding more advanced mathematics, such as quadratic equations, statistical analysis and calculus.
Modern life is increasingly digital, presenting us with more and more numerical data. Although computers and calculators can carry out many of the necessary calculations for us, we need to know which order to enter the numbers, and whether the answer we get is reasonable. Numeracy skills are those you need to do a job (for example, using spreadsheets, calculating invoices) or to be an engaged citizen (for example, making sense of statistics reported in the media). Numeracy is also the ability to perform simple number calculations - a subset therefore of wider mathematics.
Did you know?
- Maths helps your child continue with his/her studies in other subjects;
- Maths A level keeps options open when applying to university;
- Approximately 90% of graduate jobs require a high level of digital skill;
- Maths graduates have the lowest levels of unemployment;
- Maths is used extensively in some of the best paid jobs: Finance – accountancy, banking, actuarial work; computing – software, internet, telecommunications; engineering – manufacturing, surveying, architecture.
At Harris Academy Morden, we run 2 main numeracy interventions. After-school numeracy on Wednesdays is run by Miss Pitta, and students are invited to attend based on their year 7 baseline testing and their assessments in January. In this class, students study and master the 4 main operations and explore the hierarchy of operations. Morning tutor time intervention sessions also focus on the four main operations and are run by Mr Bakki once a week (students will attend on different days to avoid missing assembly). These interventions are based on Mathswatch, and students are set specific tasks aimed at consolidating their numeracy skills.
Each student at Harris Academy Morden has access to our new online maths facility, MathsWatch VLE, which can be accessed via the website http://mathswatch.co.uk/. Students can view over 1000 mathematical video tutorials in order to learn new skills, or simply refresh old ones!
Each student has their own unique user and password so that they can keep track of their results and keep in contact with their teacher using the MathsWatch VLE interface.