Numeracy Across the Curriculum
At Parliament Hill school we believe that Numeracy is not the sole responsibility of the mathematics department.
Most other subjects can, in fact contribute to the development and enhancement of students numeracy skills including their ability to describe and explain their strategies and reasoning.
The importance of whole school numeracy is outlined below:
- Almost all subjects depend on pupils having competence in basic numeracy skills.
- Numeracy skills enable students to understand and interpret numerical and analytical information. This facilitates improvement in students' abilities to make their own judgments and to draw sensible conclusions from information.
- If students' numeracy skills are not developed and used they may well be denied the opportunity to develop the level of understanding of some topics or subjects at the level expected for their age.
- Without basic numeracy skills, students can lack both personal and social adequacy which is a recipe for failure and low esteem.
- Industry and commerce continually bemoan the lack of numeracy skills of school leavers and graduates alike.
Some examples of numeracy used in other subjects at PHS are described below:
Film and Media
Comparative analysis of box office takings – British Film industry vs Hollywood. Analysing global trends in terms of profits of the film industries (interpreting graphs). Box office data analysis – where does the money go? (Analysis of investment data and comparative analysis with Hollywood).
Basic financial terms calculating profit and loss. Interpreting simple cash flow statements. The importance of cash flow statements. Identifying solutions to cash flow problems.
Design & Technology
Various arithmetical calculations on decimals and fractions including ratio, use of formulae, percentages. Graphs and charts of all kinds. Construction and measure of 2D and 3D shapes.
Islamic art and design; shape in 2D and 3D; simple ratios; perspective; Golden ratio. Escher tessellations. The art of Wassilly Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian, Theo Doesburg and others use geometrical shapes.
The numeracy information below is displayed in all teaching spaces at PHS.