Using Mathematics Policy






Numeracy and its universal application across the curriculum and in the wider world is a core element of The Northern Ireland Curriculum.  At St Brigid’s Primary School we focus very strongly on the teaching of Numeracy so as to afford all pupils the opportunity to acquire and develop the skills, knowledge and understanding related to Numeracy in a confident, creative and challenging manner.








  • Numeracy is the development and application of Mathematics across the curriculum and in real life situations.

  • It is a compulsory part of The Northern Ireland Curriculum.

  • Numeracy is an essential tool for life, fundamental  to personal and

    social development and to life- long learning.


  • Pupils will engage in a variety of purposeful activities that will enhance their Mathematical learning in a creative, enriching, enjoyable and intellectually challenging manner.

  • Activities should reflect a balance between those aimed at developing the skills, knowledge and understanding in Mathematics and those focused on applying Mathematics and solving problems.

  • Pupils should be given opportunities to talk about their work.

  • Teachers should encourage pupils to persevere with their tasks so as to gain confidence in what they can do and develop a positive attitude towards Mathematics.

  • Mathematical processes should pervade the entire teaching of Mathematics and allow children the opportunity to apply Mathematics in practical tasks and in real-life situations.

  • It is a basic human right.





  • To develop Mathematics / Numeracy within the school development plan.

  • To provide leadership and management of Mathematics / Numeracy at all levels in the school.

  • To raise Mathematics / Numeracy standards by enhancing the quality of teaching and learning.

  • To incorporate and appropriate the use of ICT in the teaching of Mathematics /  Numeracy.

  • To provide staff development which will ensure a shared understanding, common approach and consistency across the school.





    Responsibility of every member of staff



  • Each member of staff is responsible for planning, teaching, monitoring, evaluating and assessing Maths / Numeracy in his / her class with regular lessons every day.

  • Medium term (  half – termly ) planning is done using agreed formats and clear learning outcomes are identified.

  • The development of good working habits is essential. Pupils are encouraged to work in a methodical and systematic way and to present their work neatly and clearly.

  • The staff has agreed the type of exercise books to be used in each year. In P5, P6 and in P7 calculations must be entered neatly beside each question where appropriate. In Key Stage 2 each piece of work should be given a title and dated. Pens will be used in P7.


    Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation



  • In our planning we ensure that pupils have experiences across all of the Mathematical areas and through the different levels. We use The Revised Lines Of Development, The Northern Ireland Curriculum (Primary ) and our scheme of work to organise, sequence and plan experiences in order to build and develop the pupils’ mathematical skills, knowledge and understanding over time.

Monitoring and evaluating the children’s progress on a regular basis is the responsibility of all staff members. We will do this through,


  •  class / topic / end of term tests
  •  Standardised Tests
  •  end of Key Stage assessment tests
  •  informal assessment procedures as part of normal teaching
  •  class/whole school displays
  •  observation of activities
  •  discussion with pupils
  •  marking books
  •  reporting to parents



The Role of The Co-ordinator


In school, the co-ordinator leads and facilitates the staff in all areas of Mathematics and will oversee the progress we are making towards our aims. This will be achieved by,


                                        * monitoring planners on a half- termly basis

                                  * monitoring pupils’ books on a termly basis

                                  * displays of work

                                  * formal meetings

                                  * informal meetings

                                  * reviewing scheme of work

                                  * analysing Standardised Tests in May

                                  * giving feedback to staff

                                                    * giving feedback to principal and SMT

                                  * monitoring and ordering resources

                                  * Lead workshops to develop teaching of Numeracy       



The Responsibility of The Classroom Teacher


Every member of staff at St Brigid’s has responsibility for Numeracy. Every teacher should,



  • plan with differentiation for each lesson

  • monitor and record each child’s progress

  • mark work on a regular basis giving oral / written feedback

  • evaluate their teaching

  • create an atmosphere of challenge and involvement

          through problem solving activities

  • allow pupils the opportunities to develop different modes of learning     

  • allow pupils the opportunities to consolidate and extend their learning

  • allow pupils the opportunities to engage in both independent and co-operative learning

  • allow pupils the opportunities to bring together different areas in Mathematics

  • allow pupils the opportunities to develop mental skills

  • allow pupils the opportunities to talk about their work

  •  be sensitive to individual needs

  • foster an atmosphere of confidence and enjoyment for Numeracy

  • encourage and praise achievement

  • develop and awareness among the pupils of the universal application of Mathematics outside the classroom

  • allow pupils the opportunities to use ICT  to support and enhance their understanding of Mathematics

  • allow pupils the opportunity to evaluate their own learning.



    The Role of The Principal and SMT



  • Ensure the continued development of  the teaching and learning of Mathematics

  • Plan and prioritise accordingly within School Development Plan

  • Set targets for Numeracy

  • Monitor and liaise with co-ordinator and staff

  • Give feedback  to co-ordinator and staff

  • Provide resources

  • Provide training where identified


    Policy Review Date: Spring 2017