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Understanding My World

Numeracy

As with literacy the different areas of numeracy are covered through a spiral curriculum.  Topics are repeatedly revisited, consolidating and building on the learning that has gone before.  The focus is on the practical application of mathematical skills to real life with the aim of ensuring pupils go on to be as independent as possible in their adult lives, as well as preparing them for the accreditations they will take in Upper School. 

Practical activities linked to pupils interests are key in ensuring engagement and motivation, which leads to progression.  Life skills such as cooking, shopping, budgeting and using public transport all rely heavily on numeracy skills.  As such numeracy lessons are often combined with other aspects of the curriculum to show pupils where the skills learned in school directly impact them. 

Systematic thinking and problem solving are also a key focus, particularly in the context of the worded problems children are likely to encounter during their accreditations.