Numeracy across the school
Advice for embedding numeracy in lessons
What I want to look at is supporting both the maths teachers and the students in practicing the skills and seeing them as a relevant part of their lives.
Numeracy supporting your subject
One thing that I did not want to do was to try to teach maths through my subject. That is not fair to the students or to maths. What I can do however is show students where maths will support their Sport. Where knowing how to work out percentages they can see how god they are at a skill, by knowing averages they can see how consistent they are, by knowing angles they can develop a skill.
To support this I have created resources that students can use in lessons. These range from worksheets to videos that support the maths in lessons.
The hope is that if students see the relevance to them then they will use it regularly and the learning will become more embedded.
Getting a plan
This appears in a lot of areas.
Art will look at shape, Science will look at measurements, Design Technology will look at measurements, and shape. Geography looks at coordinates. Music looks at timing.
Does your subject look at any of these?
Once you have done that, you will need to think about how to show that it supports the learning. Then signpost it.
Speak to the maths department to see areas that students are struggling with, can you support this. Can you create resources to support that have links to both subjects?
Let students know they are doing maths, and that it is helping them learn. That the skills they learn in maths is supporting their learning in other subjects.
A simple resource sheet that can be used over and over is easy to create and can be used again and again. measure the impact by seeing how much students start using it in your lesson. Talk to their maths teachers and see if it is having an impact on their results.