Mathematics and Numeracy


Numeracy is the development and application of mathematics across the curriculum and in real life situations. Skills in numeracy should help children to make informed and responsible choices and decisions throughout their lives. Throughout primary school, children should engage in a wide range of purposeful activities which should involve them in different modes of mathematical learning, including playing, exploring and investigating, doing and observing, talking and listening, asking questions, reflecting, drafting, reading and recording.

Mathematical ideas should be introduced to children in meaningful contexts. Teachers should create a well-resourced and stimulating environment where children learn through taking part in oral work and a wide range of practical activities, including games, to develop and consolidate their learning.

(Northern Ireland Primary Curriculum)