Being numerate means having the confidence and skill to use numbers and mathematical approaches in all aspects of life - at work, in practical everyday activities at home and beyond, as consumers, in managing our finances, as parents helping our children learn, as patients making sense of health information, as citizens understanding the world about us.

Numeracy complements literacy and is sometimes called ‘mathematical literacy’. Both skills are needed in order to function fully in modern life.

Being numerate means being able to reason with numbers and other mathematical concepts and to apply these in a range of contexts and to solve a variety of problems. Being numerate is as much about thinking and reasoning logically as about 'doing sums'.

It means being able to:

  • Interpret data, charts and diagrams

  •  Process information

  • Solve problems

  • Check answers

  • Understand and explain solutions

  • Make decisions based on logical thinking and reasoning.

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National Numeracy Challenge

The National Numeracy Challenge website allows anyone to find out whether they have a good grasp of the Essentials of Numeracy:

At Gateacre we are encouraging all members of the staff to attempt the National Numeracy Challenge. As a school it would be fantastic if we could get our entire school community involved to try it.

You can leave us a message on our Gateacre Maths Facebook page and let us know how you get on!