Mercy Secondary School Inchicore

Numeracy Policy

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Numeracy Policy


An effective and active policy will ensure an organised and stimulating learning environment which ensure that all students receive a holistic education.

Definition of Numeracy

Numeracy is the ability to communicate and think quantitatively, to make sense of details and facts, develop special awareness, and understand patterns and sequence, to understand mathematical reasoning in solving problems


  • To improve students’ confidence and attitude towards numeracy
  • Outline the importance of numeracy in every aspect of life
  • Provide students with the necessary and appropriate numeracy skills to assist them in solving problems in all subjects

Roles and Responsibilities

Role of Students

Each student is fully responsible to implement the policy as instructed and follow guidelines

Role of Subject Teachers

Cross-curricular links




Organisations and order of essays


Numbers- Maths


Statistics- essays

Dates- paper 1


Translations- essays

Critical thinking



All aspects of the curriculum


Google maps – give directions from A to B

Simple Maths numbers

Verbs- –sequence

Reading the time

Group work

Role play / discussions



Essay structure

Dates/order of events


Counting - population 7rl.

Measuring – distance on maps

Scale– map reading

Graphs – understanding and drawing them

Understanding Stats


Units, measurements,

Solving equations

Physics – using formulae’s and rewriting terms

Large and small values

Science equilibrium

Displaying concepts through formulae

Home Economics / SPHE

Measurements, angles

The Food Pyramid, Numeracy symbols

Budgeting and saving

Management, cost of food


Still life

Measurements– spaces between objects

Proportions of figure

Environmental perspective

Trip to Dublin- costing of trip


Sequence an order





Rhythm, pattern and sequence

Sound, rhyme and structure




Role of the Learning Support Teachers

The school recognises the role of the learning support teaching, to provide extra support based on teachers guidelines and recommendations from assessments.

Role of Parents/|Guardians

Parents/ guardians will be encouraged to support the policy through regular communication and the parent’s teacher meetings which take place annually for each year group.

Board of Management

  • The Board of Management is the decision-making body of the school. The school acknowledges the role of the Board of Management in the development and operation of the policy.
  • All policies are developed with the authority of the Board of Management and must be approved by its members before becoming official school policy.


  • Shapes in the Science Room
  • Numeracy Ninja
  • Posters
  • Chrome books (Maths Activities)
  • Extra classes (after school with Maths teacher)

Action Plan


Completion & Date:

To do and date:

Whom is responsible:

  • Organise Maths Week in the academic year- October
  • Complete Numeracy Ninja with 1st year (10 weeks)
  • Posters with regular mistakes to be visible in the school environment
  • Graphs tracking student progress in examinations to be kept up to date
  • Recommendation: 1st years would complete 30 minutes homework each evening, 2nd- 6th year- 45 minutes revision and homework each evening Record Keeping
  • Minutes of all committee minutes to be recorded – Teachers and numeracy committee
  • A record book is now being compiled for numeracy topics

Numeracy Checklist

A numeracy rich environment in each classroom

  • ØMaths puzzles
  • ØWord problems to be converted to Maths
  • ØNumeracy Posters presented by the students

A numeracy rich whole school environment

  • ØNumeracy posters
  • ØProjects regarding famous people in Maths, Women in Maths
  • ØNumeracy corner, notice board

Teaching and Learning

  • ØNumeracy objectives to be shared at all staff meetings
  • ØWhom is responsible for numeracy and cross-curricular links
  • ØClarity around expected standards and grads and testing
  • ØUnderstanding around numeracy level and ability

Numeracy Improvement Plan

  • ØObjectives to be set- subject plan and students diary
  • ØTime frame for implementation- yearly
  • ØTeachers responsibility for implementation
  • ØTeaching recording all results in their teacher's diary
  • ØProviding feedback for students í
  • ØReview regularly

Areas for improvement

  • ØStudents with numeracy difficulties
  • ØMaths outside the classroom
  • ØNumeracy based school events
  • ØDigital Numeracy Skills and information Kahn Academy

Continual Professional development

  • School-based
  • Strategies for each teacher
  • PDST/ Project Maths

Maths Week 2020 Monday 12th- Friday 16th October

  1. Drop Everything and Solve

Every day, ten minutes before lunch the whole school will join in on problem solving activities. Both the questions and answers will be shared on the drive. Sent to all teachers and SNAs.

  1. Mangahigh

All 1st & 2nd years will be given passwords to log into Mangahigh.

  1. Junior Competition- In every junior base room there will be 10 problem-solving cards hidden around the room. The goal is for the class to find the cards, solve the problems and place their answers inside the answer jar placed on the teacher’s desk. The winning class will receive a prize.

  1. Maths Eyes Picture Competition: Junior and Senior.

Students take a photo of something from everyday life and caption it with a maths question. All students will have a chance to enter this competition. There will be two winners, one junior and one senior. They will both receive a prize. Here are some examples:

  1. Estimation Game:

There will be a jar of jellies on display in the social area during lunchtime. All students can guess the number of jellies in the jar. The student who guesses the correct/ nearest answer will win.

  1. 2nd Years Olympiad Competition

2nd year will be entered into a maths Olympiad competition this will be done during Maths class.

  1. Maths Activities:

There will be a number of Maths activities throughout the week during Maths class for example Deal or no dal, maths bingo, who wants to be a millionaire, Tarsia puzzles.

Maths Deis Plan

The Maths Department fully support the school DEIS plan in its aims to maximize active participation of all students at our school in the learning process, to promote cooperation between our educational partners and to enhance the student’s uptake from education. We wish to inspire a lifelong love of learning in as many students as possible.



Our retention targets are in line with the school retention targets


As well as supporting all whole school actions, the Maths department actions include:

  • Creating a positive and welcoming classroom environment with a variety of interactive resources and assessments
  • Smaller classes for those struggling at Maths allow us to give more support and attention to these students which helps to keep them motivated rather than getting lost in a larger class
  • We try to encourage teachers of all subjects to portray a positive attitude to Maths
  • Maths week quizzes, treasure hunts and mock game shows Drop Everything and Solve initiative.


We keep appraised of school monitoring of these targets



Our attendance targets are in line with school attendance targets

We also aim to ensure any student who is attending school, is also attending our classes


Along with supporting the whole school actions, the Maths department actions include:

  • Awarding prizes to first years for perfect attendance in Maths class for each term
  • Calling a roll at the beginning of every class
  • Using VSware to check whether students have been absent all-day
  • Asking for absentee notes when a student has been absent on previous days and phoning parents for more information.


We will keep ourselves informed of the results of school monitoring and will also use our own roll books and VSware accounts



We support all targets in school DEIS plan, while also aiming to improve specific Maths focused literacy


We fully support all school literacy actions and are happy to give up classes for accelerated reading and literacy drive.

  • Use of keywords posters in classrooms
  • Keywords on Numeracy Noticeboard
  • Assign projects that require oral literacy during their process and presentation
  • Encourage peer teaching in pairs and groups in class
  • Offer students opportunities to show their work at the board


Keeping ourselves informed of results of school monitoring of literacy targets, as well as gathering anecdotal evidence in class.



The school’s numeracy targets have been designed with a lot of input from the Maths department and as such, the school’s numeracy targets are also the Maths department’s numeracy targets


As a Maths department, we feel it is important to not only support but to lead the school’s numeracy actions. Within our department our actions include:

  • Meeting regularly to ensure we have common methodologies and assessment practices
  • A positive attitude towards Maths
  • Giving the same Christmas and Summer tests to classes of the same year and level
  • Conducting a Maths attitudes survey in First Year, which helps us reflect on our practice before taking this group of students to Junior Cycle
  • Mini Company Project in Transition Year
  • Numeracy Ninja initiative in 1st year
  • Teaching a variety of different mathematical concepts in Transition Year
  • Trying to Maths class as interactive, student-led and fun as possible
  • Extra classes to 6th year students to get them ready for their leaving cert exam
  • Careers poster is present on the Maths board which is referred to constantly with senior cycle classes
  • Drop Everything & Solve initiative for the entire school during Maths Week


As well as using school standardized tests in 1st and 5th year. We monitor exam results (State and In-house) and conduct Maths Attitudes surveys in 1st and 4th year.



Our attainment targets are in line with school attainment targets. We also aim to reduce numbers taking foundation level at Leaving Certificate and maintain high proportions of students taking higher level Maths at both senior and junior cycles.


The Maths department full support all the school’s progression actions and our own actions include:

  • To continue to have the majority of students taking higher level at 2nd year
  • Having an extra teacher to team teach where deemed most needed in 2nd year
  • Extra classes given voluntarily by Maths teachers in exam years
  • Encouraging students to attend Maths tutorials in TCD and the actuarial society.
  • Differentiated work and homework given when appropriate


Using the results from the school monitoring processes and keeping records of results in State Exams



The Maths department progression targets are in line with the school targets with special focus on STEM courses and careers


We fully support all school actions in relation to progression and our own actions include:

  • Facilitating student visits and work experience to engineering and technology companies
  • Visits to TCD for Maths quizzes, robotics workshops, coding and many other activities
  • Teacher encouragement of all students to pursue their chosen careers
  • Mentioning in classes and providing information to students on STEM careers and uses of Maths in various careers


Use of information from school monitoring processes and anecdotal evidence

Partnership with Parents and Others


Our targets are in line with school targets. We also wish to improve links with primary school teachers to help bridge the transition from primary to secondary school Maths.


  • To continue our links with TCD
  • To continue our connection with The Actuarial Society of Ireland
  • To continue and explore more links with STEM companies
  • TY paired Maths Eyes with Primary School
  • Try to create links with primary school 5th/6th teachers in feeder schools
  • Engage with parents through parent-teacher meetings and notes in the journal.


To keep appraised of results of school monitoring techniques and talk and get feedback from parents and students.

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